Weekly Kitchen Garden Blog - planting out runner beans and French beans

Posted in Category Organic Gardening | by Jo | Comments (1)

Kitchen_Garden_110515This 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.

Celeriac plants will also be planted out this week into one of our raised beds. They don’t like to dry out, so we will be keeping them well watered with an irrigation system

Our cabbage plants are ready to be planted out into our new cloche system.  They will be given root boost on planting and cabbage collars added as always.

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. 

Meet the Author: Jo Blackwell
Jo Blackwell

Jo Blackwell is our well-established Horticultural Advisor and the Kitchen Gardener in Stephanie's Victorian style Kitchen Garden. She caught the gardening bug when she bought her first home 21 years ago. Her first greenhouse soon followed and she later gained an allotment.

As well as tending the Harrod Horticultural Gardens, she enjoys maintaining her own vegetable plot at home. She has been a gardener for Harrod Horticultural for over 4 years now and has a wealth of experience in organic vegetable growing, ornamental gardening and in using all Harrod products.


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By diana shamash18th May 2015


I don't wish to boast, but your ten year guarantee for bean frames is nothing to my bean frames - my mother grew sweet peas up her galvanised wire panels in the 40s till the 80s and now I am using the same ones for mine and for the runners. They're a little the worse for wear, but still perfectly usable. Incidentally, I make my panels into a V shape - that way the beans hang down outside the frame - much easier to pick. The frames are older than me, and I'm in my seventies!

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