Build Inexpensive Strong Support Frames For Runner Beans  And Climbing Beans
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Build Inexpensive Strong Support Frames For Runner Beans And Climbing Beans

October 17, 2019

in this episode we’re going to be
looking at planting out my giant Rena beans now what we’re going to do is have
a little chat about the structures and why we’ve built them in the way we have
and we’re gonna have a chat about how we’ve prepared this soil and that’s
coming right up after this so guys this beam trench was done quite
a while ago and we prepped it by running a rotavator through the ground first to
break it up until quite a faint health we then dug out all of that soil and we
created a channel and in the bottom of that channel we put a load of started to
rot down leaf mulch and then on top of that we put down some leaf mold which
was completely broken down so under this we put in some vegetable
scraps throughout the winter and what have you but but the leaf mold and the
leaf motion is what’s gonna be retaining that water for us now as you can see
here we have some nice strong Kings they’re really thick they’re about the
thick as my finger and they thick right the way up they don’t get thin at the
top so what we’re gonna do here now is plant these beans and if I dig down far
enough you should see that the moisture in this show is nice and I’ve just
started to hit the leaf mo mouse I’ll show you that now barely a sec so here we have some of the leaf mulcher
and it’s just basically shredded leaves and they very very much so they’re
holding that moisture in with a nice root system on these beans and it’s a
perfect time to get him into the ground now
this is a variety called stena and it’s a no variety for producing large pods
now last year I grew a pod up to thirty inches and nowhere near the record but
I’m hoping to push it a little bit further this year what I did have a
problem with asar with some of the pods were curling and I believe I was down to
water retention so we’ve really made sure that their holes of water in the
ground this year these beans weren’t so until quite late this year in fact it
was the 22nd of April when we sold these beans so as you can see they now come
through where they’re true first true leaves and we are going to get them in
the ground note so I’m gonna plant these quite deep and we’re just gonna pull
this so back along them just like that no oh yeah this area is really really
windy guys and the last thing I want to do is come back up here later on and
find it all these have been snapped off by by the wind that’s we currently
getting you know a lot of you who’s seen this before this in a bit of a mess at
the moment it’s rusting and all sorts but it does go hammering but essentially
this is what scares used in a lot of nurseries for taping plants to sticks
and you may have noticed them before when you see these are the blue and
green labels okay and that’s essentially all it does it creates a little loop
okay around this plant so I’m gonna do that no not too tight but it’s not tight
there guys right but it’s enough to stop the top of that bending over and being
snapped in the wind until this bean starts to curl around these kings we
want to give them as much help as we can now I want to talk about these bean
structures at the moment I’m using three different variety of bean structure this
was what’s known as a V frame okay and that is because the Canes come in at an
angle to the base and they go out to the top and the reason for that it’s a
couple of reasons but the first reason is that the beans get a lot more late in
the center where they’re growing because they are not growing towards each other
grow apart from each other the second reason for this is the fact
that these canes although they’re strong when you have
them in a different format the beans tend to be inside the king so they don’t
get the light it’s very hard to grow those beans long because they tend to
get hooked up in other branches a murabbi
by growing in a v-shape the beans all hang down as they grow out because
they’re growing out the only place they can hang is down because the beans are
leaning out like this and that’s the great thing about the v-shape being
especially if you’re showing now as you can see here we have an
a-frame now this a-frame I put together using just bamboo canes and also cable
ties I don’t like string and I tell you the reason for that is because up here
is very windy and you really need a strong system by using these cable ties
and putting in the a-frame with this top brace and also these diagonals this is
one of the strongest frames you will ever find it is really that good the
next one we’ve got guys is the vertical one and this is where we use utilizing
the scaffolding poles that we already have in the garden and we just place
these canes in against them scaffolding poles and we go the beams up vertically
now we are growing a variety called Cobra on this system this year the
variety we’re growing for the a-frame is – ladies that is red-necked Rena beans
and also we are growing a Bilotti bean in amongst them as well so and then here
we’ve got our giant bins and we also have behind the uprights we also have
some what’s known as young-young beans so guys all that leaves me to talk about
now really is why are they planted in these big tubs
well there’s a couple of reasons Route trainers don’t have enough soil to get
this this plant go into what it needs to for the simple reason being is you would
need to get him straight though I just wasn’t ready so by panting I’m straight
into these big tubs and then I’m so from there they’ve got a little bit of room
before they need to be moved out now we could have even waited a little bit
longer but as you can see these roots never come straight down and they’ve
just at the bottom I could just tease that off now like that and now they’re
ready to continue going down into the ground without any issues at all to this
plant it’s not root bound it’s not gonna have any issues getting its peak down
into that leaf loss and it’s job done so I’m going to continue now to plant these
in for this use attempt the giant long beam for another world
record attempt and we will see what happens with that but like I said I’m
gonna go around with this these will be available on my websites as well so if
you want one pop along there and have a look and they are really good for
Tomatoes cooping birds and you’ll see these later in the year getting news on
them last year if you have a look at some of the videos we’ve gotten on there
as well and they made gays before I go I just
want to say thank you very much for all your comments likes and reading us
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  1. Good luck with the giant runners, Tony. I use vertical canes so that I can tie the top stalk of the bean to it when the bean gets heavy. Managed a few 24-25" last year – not massive but okay for growing in a bucket!

  2. My father used to line the bean trench with newspaper for moisture retention, and an expert on trace elements told me that the newsprint contains some cobalt which is good for runner beans. I doubt if my dad knew that. I have sheep daggings available for my beans. I am growing blue lake french runners and good old scarlet emperor runners. Tony do your giant runners pass the tenderness snap test?

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  4. I’m growing borlotti beans aiming to store the dry beans. Also French climbing beans using beans saved from last year (don’t really know the variety)

  5. Another cracking set up this mate… Makes such good sense to have the V shape, Gonna use a version of this on the fence line pea bed mate.. Cheers!

  6. Growing Czar, a runner that produces butterbeans for drying, an unknown variety that started out as Scarlet Emperor x with Painted Lady 7 years ago, and has been saved year after year since and whatever Borlottis I can scrounge off neighbours. Got some climbing French ones off Wilkos that haven't propagated well – will be supplemented soon.

  7. That V Frame has to be one of the best frames ever! I wander how many growers have ever thought of the light in the center issue. It makes perfect sense when you think about it. Top notch for uploading this one! Chris

  8. I have use 2×3" wood this year for the support. My 8 ft canes snapped in the wind. Used metal canes the following year which also folded over in the wind. This year I have planted Lady Di string-less beans and have used plastic fencing for the support on the 3×2" timber.

  9. I have to say, your bean supports look considerably more sturdy than mine! Hahaha – fab job…….but I'm not expecting 30 inch pods – wowzers! 🙂

  10. I am growing Bush beans(French, and Purple ) the pea beans(Yin Yang Beans) and the Giant Runners and fava beans. I have to make a bigger support for my gigantic runners they are out of control.. they came back from the roots. I can not find the seeds I saved last year to grow more but really the ones that came back are doing so much better this year than last year I may be fine with just the ones growing.

  11. great job Tony !! i'm growing firestorm runner beans, blue lake climbing french bean, cobra french bean, Borlotto Firetongue Bean (Dwarf French)

  12. We're growing St. Anthony's Beans, District Nurse, Coco Blue, Bird's Egg Beans and Hyacinth as well as the Borlotti you have there. First time for all of them, wish me luck!

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