climbing bean flower bud
Climbing Bean Flowers

Despite the non-stop rain and the lack of sunshine, the beans in the garden are doing pretty well.

I planted a mixture or runner beans, climbing beans and dwarf beans earlier on in the year. Germination was mixed, with only about 70% germinating, however, we ended up with enough for this year.

runner bean flower bud
Runner Bean Flowers (Phaseolus Coccineus)

After an initial slug attack or two, which was thwarted through the use of crushed egg shells, all the beans are now doing well. Most of the runner beans are at the top of the 8 foot canes, the climbing beans are nearly there and the dwarf beans about a third the way up.

As you can see, there are plenty of flowers, so am hopeful of a good crop later on in the year.

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