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Anonymous on
June 2, 2011

Q. Powdery Mildew on Runner Bean Plants

I’ve got powdery mildew on my runner bean plants. How do I get rid of it?

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Nikki on
June 2, 2011
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Asked by
JerryB on
July 3, 2011

Q. Pole Length for Scarlet Runner

What length pole should be used for a scarlet runner?

Answered by
Heather on
July 6, 2011
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A.

They can reach heights of about 8 feet tall. You don't need to make a pole this tall, though. If you make a shorter pole, it will simply grow to the top and then over.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 8, 2011

Q. Pest Control

I have otherwise healthy runner beans, but have a massive infestation of black fly. I’ve sprayed with garlic infused soapy water, shop bought stuff (which, I’m not keen on), and even planted marigolds to attract lady birds, but the ants scared them off! HELP!!

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Nikki on
July 9, 2011
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Asked by
ruolfiluac on
August 14, 2011

Q. Runner bean flower setting

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.

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Nikki on
August 14, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 26, 2011

Q. Dwarf and Runner Beans

What are the tiny, round, brown globules on the roots?

Answered by
Nikki on
August 27, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

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

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Asked by
jackdennis on
August 31, 2011

Q. Beginner to Vegetable Gardening, Help and Advice Needed

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.

Answered by
Heather on
September 3, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

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:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/vegetable-garden-soil.htm

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