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Beans not thriving

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Nanagem Mon 01-Jul-19 09:40:52

I love gardening, though my mobility is limited theses days, and I don’t know why I haven’t interacted with the gardening thread before.

Anyway, advice anyone , I always grow runner and French beans both in the tubs and a row in the ground though space limited. I have always had success, beans growing out my ears !, this year though they are sooo slow hardly growing at all since I planted themout. DH says that when he walked passed the allotments this morning other people’s seem the same, maybe I’m impatient this year. My tomatoes in the green house have only just started to flower.

How’s everybody else doing ?

merlotgran Mon 01-Jul-19 09:47:57

It's been a tricky year weather wise for vegetables. Some are thriving whilst others struggle. My runner beans are doing well but we had a very poor crop of broad beans and sugar snap peas.

I would suggest giving them a feed of Tomorite or similar and just make sure they are well watered in this hot weather.

Grammaretto Mon 01-Jul-19 09:52:27

we only have 3 left and they haven't begun to shoot up yet. I think the slugs, birds or mice have done for ours though the peas are growing fine.
It was so different last year. Isn't it a good thing we are not dependent on them to feed the family!

Whitewavemark2 Mon 01-Jul-19 10:01:10

It is a weird year. Veg is slow, but my flower garden has romped away, and everything seems almost a month advanced. Roses have been in bloom since April, some stuff has appeared flowering strongly that had apparently entirely disappeared last year, and the Buddlia has been blossoming for 3 weeks now. Cucumbers and tomatoes are slowest they’ve ever been and French beans struggling although I’ve had quite a few pickings, but aren’t as robust as other years

tanith Mon 01-Jul-19 10:24:59

My runners are only just starting to cling to their poles they’ve been in the ground for a month or more, very slow im not hopeful of being able to give some away as I usually do.

Maybelle Mon 01-Jul-19 10:50:56

Same here, 1st sowings failed, started again and these are at least starting to make an effort .

Teacheranne Mon 01-Jul-19 10:57:23

Wow, such a difference between us! My buddlia is not even budding yet but my outdoor cherry tomatoes are already forming!

I am in the Stockport area and we are still waiting for the heatwave, we have had a few odd days of sunshine but it's dull and windy again today.

Pansy123 Wed 03-Jul-19 21:19:35

I'll echo what everyone else has said. I've got an allotment and the runner beans have performed the worst out of all the other veg so far.
I think it is because of the inconsistency of temperatures which they don't like and really they don't thrive much below 8C and it has been that at night regularly in June.
I think we should all see a spurt of growth now, but we won't get a long season with them this year for sure.

jusnoneed Wed 03-Jul-19 22:17:34

Our runner beans are between half and three quarters up the poles but not a lot of filling out growth yet. We were picking them until Late autumn last year, maybe the same thing will happen again. Broad beans were good, second lot coming on. French beans first picking any day now. Have had a couple lots of peas too. Carrots are finally a decent size despite the lack of rain.
Cherry tomatoes in greenhouse just showing red tinges. Lots forming on outdoor ones but still green.

SpringyChicken Wed 03-Jul-19 22:25:35

Our runner beans (first sowing) were an absolute washout but the replacements are doing fine, almost at the top of the canes and some flowers opened this week. We were late sowing cucumber seed due to going on holiday but the first four flowers have just opened. The tomatoes in the greenhouse are turning red. I live in Devon and we've had a lot of sunshine lately.

mumofmadboys Wed 03-Jul-19 22:31:40

Our runner beans failed to do anything at all!!

Callistemon Wed 03-Jul-19 23:14:04

Our tomatoes are struggling and I doubt we will get a crop at this rate.

The strawberries were good and the rest of the soft fruit seems OK.
The perennial flowers are doing well in the borders, so it is a very strange year.

Callistemon Wed 03-Jul-19 23:14:50

DH didn't plant beans this year - perhaps he had a premonition that it wouldn't be a good year hmm

merlotgran Wed 03-Jul-19 23:19:07

We had a bumper crop of strawberries as well and the gooseberry wine has been started!!

Good potato crop, runner beans doing OK, ditto courgettes.

Poor crop of broad beans and peas but we've just started eating the pointy cabbages and the cavallo nero's almost ready.

Fingers crossed for the tomatoes. I think they'll be OK.

Callistemon Wed 03-Jul-19 23:39:52

DH thought he'd let the veg garden 'go fallow' this year;p he said it would do it good.
Or was that an excuse?

merlotgran Wed 03-Jul-19 23:41:19

Sounds like a wonderful excuse, Callistemon but with all the best of intentions....of course. grin

Callistemon Thu 04-Jul-19 10:50:34

Not even a bean …..
I do like runner beans

Liaise Fri 19-Jul-19 07:28:41

Runner beans now flowering, no plums, very few apples, hardly any pears, very small strawberries. I hope the raspberries turn out better. Tomatoes beginning to form. As someone else said it's just as well we don't depend on them. Am I the only person in the world who can't grow courgettes?

aggie Fri 19-Jul-19 07:40:15

I have had fail with my courgettes this year , I am usually giving them away to reluctant friends , none at all now , just the wrong flowers . I accidently bought hanging basket tomatoes and they are still in the greenhouse , seem to be getting slightly coloured , but I have nowhere to hang them , they are hanging all over the shelf !

Calendargirl Fri 19-Jul-19 07:40:51

We’ve had a few servings of broad beans, a nice few cucumbers coming plus courgettes. Our greenhouse tomatoes doing well, the Sungold cherry variety delicious as always. I have a table out at our front gate in the summer with an honesty jar and have already sold a few surplus courgettes and cucumbers, not enough tomatoes ready yet to put out.

Calendargirl Fri 19-Jul-19 07:44:14

P.S.
DH just informed me that there will be enough runner beans ready for Sunday lunch!
🍅🥒

travelsafar Fri 19-Jul-19 08:40:31

I have had several pickings of raspberries and lots of gooseberries.My strawberries for some reason not so good this year neither are my runner beans. Tomatoes are still green but have plenty on the vines in the greenhouse and on the ones out in the garden. Miffed about my beans as i usually have plenty and enough to freeze too.

M0nica Fri 19-Jul-19 09:53:19

Curiously, for me it is the beans that are doing so well - broad beans apart. We are currently eating home grown, french and runner beans and sugar snap peas and mange tout.

The failures are root veg, and soft fruit, a fair to middling crop of black currants, no gooseberries, few strawberries, some raspberries, cabbages are coming on slowly. However the apple trees are over laden with fruit.

Strange how much things vary from place to place, even when they are close to.

H1954 Sat 03-Aug-19 06:37:24

Our beans are poor too. We only had a success in germination after the third attempt of both runner and climbing French beans! I've never known it to be this bad to be honest either and I've also noticed many of our neighbours have had similar disappointment. It was a similar story with the beetroot too.

This is the first year that I've tried growing Romanesco and they just keep bolting, still eating them though, they look just like purple sprouting and are delicious; got to eat them before they actually flower though! 😂

hillwalker70 Sat 03-Aug-19 06:46:24

Oh lovely, a thread I can join in. My Runner Beans are doing well this year (Dorset). Just one wigwam started off under cover and planted out mid May in well manured ground. I water well every eve after sun off them and always spray flowers as told this sets them, water once s week with liquid seaweed, inundated with beans, courgette plant alongside also doing well. Think they need fresh ground each year and loads of muck, hopefully you will be picking when mine are over.