French bean & Runner bean timing advice..

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French bean & Runner bean timing advice..
« on: May 08, 2011, 22:08 »
Ok today I bought the following Thompson & Morgan bean seeds with the following advice on the packets:

White Lady Runner Bean - Sow mid-April indoors, harvest Aug-Oct
Boston French Bean - Sow mid-April indoors, harvest June-Oct

However I have the slight issue that most of my August will be very busy, with the last week of August and first two weeks of September being when I'm in the country to enjoy any bounty (I will have a flatmate that can keep things under control when I'm not there). So the question is, when can I expect the crop of beans on each variety to really start appearing? If I sow indoors I could have seedlings in in under two weeks. I get the impression that the French beans will produce results much quicker, where as the runner beans might take an extra 3-4 weeks to produce beans?

I guess my question is, with these varieties, what's the timing between planting seedlings and cropping? I know it's a rough science, but info would be appreciated! Ta :)



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Re: French bean & Runner bean timing advice..
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2011, 22:18 »
They will appear at the times you state, six to eight weeks after sowing.  What you need to do is get your flatmate to pick lots of beans when you are away.  All a bean wants to do is reproduce itself.  If you keep picking it will keep cropping.  Leave any on the plant to mature and it will stop producing more as it will have done its job of producing seed.
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