|Sarah and Roger|
When it comes to runner beans, I've never known such poor germination. I wasn't able to find any of my usual varieties and so this year, I sowed Suttons Best of All. They have turned out to be worst of all! I sprinkled slug pellets around as usual as I didn't want them eaten as they popped up and so I'm not even blaming slugs despite plague proportions after such a wet winter. Germination was so very poor, I even resorted to a second sowing to fill the gaps and then - right on cue, our neighbours dropped in and guess what! They gave me 5 super healthy bean plants - 4 Enorma and 1 French climber. Not only were they lovely healthy plants but they were about 18 inches tall! Those which have decided to germinate are less than 2 inches high. Now it's one thing when neighbours drop round with plants but it's a bit special when they plant them and then carefully tie them in! It was the perfect excuse to sit down and enjoy a glass of perfectly chilled Chablis! After this rather convivial little interlude, it was time for me to mow the West lawn. A gardener's work is never done - sigh!
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