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    Default Earlys crop of french beans in the GH/poly

    Last year I started a dozen dwarf beans of in pots in the GH and planted in the border for an early crop. What's the earliest you've managed to crop from your french beans? When do you plant out? Have you got any favourite varieties? Best for harvest/ early production or do you just choose on looks? I'm often tempted to grow a bean on its colour
    I've learnt by my mistakes over the years, I won't plant early outdoors..
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    I tried Minidor last year - pots in GH - sown 25th January http://www.realseeds.co.uk/beans.html
    They survived and I had some beans. Can't remember when I picked the first ones - but the crop wasn't much. Just nice to have fresh beans early

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    I don't go for an early crop in the tunnel as it's full but I do plant seeds in March and grow them on and repot if necessary until they can be hardened off planted out. So depending on the days to harvest that's when I get them ie they aren't quicker.
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    I sow my Dwarf French for the greenhouse on 15-Mar.
    Ones for early crop outdoors I sow on 15-Apr. I grub them out once the climber's start producing.

    Runners / Climbing French I sow on 01-May. I have now wish to try to keep them alive if there is a late May frost (once or twice a decade maybe?) so they don't get planted out until 01-Jun - or maybe late in May if weather forecast is barmy )
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    Thanks for this Scarlet. its reminded me that I decided not to grow dwarf French beans outdoors this year. The beans were a devil to spot (even for someone my height) and they got muddy easily.
    Ergo, it'll be dwarf beans undercover or in raised pots/beds and climbers everywhere else.
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    I'm not keen on dwarf beans for the same reasons and usually keep them for an early GH crop, climbers all the way for me. ( though some dwarfs are allowed as they look good ) Supporting them is another issue my lack of height ensures that bamboo cane supports/frames are a big issue to build. I've had a few mishaps falling of stuff trying to tie the canes together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet View Post
    I've had a few mishaps falling of stuff trying to tie the canes together.
    Could you have a permanent frame somewhere (i.e. not rotating with the crop)?

    Lots of fans of the Munty frame, if you were to go down that route. You'd only have to construct/fall just the once building that
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