One of the staples of the British veg. plot, runner beans are easy to grow and generally produce great yields. They are tall, beautiful plants, with their red and/or white flowers and are a great architectural addition to any plot. They need strong support though - usually wigwams or double rows of canes, or structures with string or netting for the plants to twine around.
One of the keys to success with runner beans is a moist, but well-drained, fertile soil. One way of ensuring this is to dig a 60cm wide by 25cm deep tranch, line with newspaper and fill with compost or manure. Top of with soil and keep well mulched.
Don't plant too many - 15 or 20 plants is plenty for an average family - unless you have plenty of hungry friends or want to freeze them. They do freeze relatively well but I'm not a fan.
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