Weekly Kitchen Garden Blog - planting out runner beans and French beans
This week In Stephanie’s Kitchen Garden we will be planting out our runner beans and climbing French beans. We sowed the seed in rootrainers in the greenhouse a few weeks ago and they are now good sized plants. Last week they were placed in the cold frame to harden off. Now that the night time temperatures have at last warmed up we can plant them out into the garden.
Our beans will be grown up our bean frame which has been assembled ready for them. The ground has been dug over and had lashings of well rotted manure added to it. The soil will have blood fish and bone added upon planting and we will be using root boost as well to ensure the plants get the best start. As we love our beans, we will also be growing them up our obelisks to give us a good supply for the freezer as well as the plate.
In the greenhouse, our crops are now n their final growing pots. Flowers are appearing on the tomato plants. This week we will continue their watering and feeding regime as well as pinching out the side shoots as they appear. Our aubergine plants are now around 30cm high so this week we will be pinching out the growing tip to encourage them to branch out. They will need to be supported so we will be tying them into canes as they grow.
This week we will be harvesting our first peas and asparagus of the season. There are also a few early strawberries that are close to ripening that we can’t wait to taste.