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    Default Runner Beans 6'6" x 4' Plot

    Hi All,

    A (hopefully) simple question.

    We have a small 6'6" x 4' plot which we want to plant runner beans in and are keen to maximise the yield.

    Assuming that 4' is too narrow to get two parallel 6' 6" rows in, should we just go for a single 6'6" row, two 4' rows, two "wigwams" or something else?

    Many thanks for any suggestions and apologies, if this been covered elsewhere, please point us in the right direction.

    Mr & Mrs C.

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    You will be suprised how many beans you will get off a 6 foot row, basically if you keep picking they will keep cropping right up until the first frost. I love runners but cant eat them every night so my 8 foot row will give me enough for fresh pickings and also plenty to freeze
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    My beds are 8ft by 4 and I have no trouble getting 2 rows
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    Edit: Apologies, I'm thinking in terms of structures not plants - so "one row" = two rows of beans.

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    You'll need space between the 2 (double) rows to pick the beans.
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    Last year I did a double wigwam in approximately that size space. It worked fine:

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    If you do a double row of canes (2ft between the rows of canes) down one side you could add a short row at right angles at each end of the bed. Making a double
    [ shape.
    This would give you another 4ft of double rows in the bed(2ft extra at each end)
    It would still give you space to put something like a few lettuce or a courgette in the gap,

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