Runner bean seeds and seedlings are enormous, so they are perfect for the very young gardener to look after.
To brighten up our vegetable patch, the boys have painted some bamboo canes with leftover shed paint.
Grandad recommends soaking the runner bean seeds overnight in water to help germination, then sowing in pots. The bean doesn’t have to be completely covered with compost in order to grow, and this is useful because you can keep track of what is happening to it as it sprouts and begins to grow.
Runner beans seeds can be planted straight into the ground from late May, but we want to choose the strongest plants to put into our raised bed.