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I grew White Lady Runner beans in my greenhouse last year (much too windy to grow outside up here in the N. W. ). The flowers refused to set initially in the earlier part of the season, but later I achieved a fantastic crop. This year I have ‘loads of flowers’ but there is no sign of setting. Help.
These are nitrogen fixing nodules. They are perfectly normal and very beneficial for your garden. This article has more information on these: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/nitrogen-nodules-and-nitrogen-fixing-plants.htm
I have just acquired a property with a large rear garden, which was terribly overgrown and neglected so I have cut all the growth back and dug an area south to north, 35 ft. sq. I had to dig and rake this area four times to get it all nice, and to a two-fork depth. Really hard work. Now it’s the beginning of September, and I want to grow vegetables, maybe for next year or is it too late for this year. I like runner beans, broad beans, cabbage, onions, leeks, potatoes and sprouts. Now that the patch has all been dug, what should I do next? I have not treated the soil with anything yet.
You may have time to grow some cole crops or beans, but it will be a tight timeline.
I would recommend that you use this time to add amendments to the soil. Adding them now will give them time to mellow over the winter so that you will have a great bed in the spring. This article will get you started on that:
Frankly, I would just leave them be. They will eventually twine around other parts of the plant or you can even help get them started. While trimming may stunt growth, it could encourage other problems, such as disease. They're only going to grow so much anyway.
I have bunches of small wet growths on the roots and root hairs of the runner beans and potatoes I have just dug up from my garden. Are these a disease or insect? Will they affect the rest of my soil, and if so, how do I get rid of them?
I suggest you take a sample to your local agricultural extension office for identification. Without being able to see and feel, one would be hard pressed for accurate answers.