Build Support for Beans |Support is vital for these climbing plants. Build a wigwam from eight canes, ideally at least 7 ft (2.2 m) long, pushed firmly into the soil about 12 in (30 cm) apart, in a circle. Tie the canes securely at the top and again halfway down.

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Climbing peas and runner beans are among the most productive vegetables in the garden, but you do have to treat them well to get the best crops. They are easy to care for once planted out and established, but the key to success is to nourish the soil well before planting time.

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Scarlet runner beans. How to select, care for, and harvest at four different stages (flower, young pods, shell beans, and dry beans).

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Scarlet runner bean- gorgeous flowers, edible young pods, mature or dried beans, AND tubers- and a pollinator magnet!

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Treat a trellis as art - this circular trellis in our test garden is a sculpture you can walk through.

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