your making me cry now with all the white rot on our site i deffo wont be johnny onion
now as for your age tg you may be advanced but your wit is as sharp as ever
Sadly it is the only thing that is fast now.
and as for produce I'm not sure thinking of spacing it all out a bit more I'm a bit of ill just fit another row in there kind of guy so I'm going to TRY to give them all a little more room
I tend to work on 15" apart both ways (plants & rows) for most things.
I find it works well with my bed widths which are around 5ft wide.( If you are into metric measurements this converts to around 40cms apart and 1.5m wide)
Plus it allows me to get my rake between the rows to clear the rubbish created after I have hoed.
The reason I work across the bed rather than along the bed is simply because this method releases growing areas much quicker for catch cropping after harvesting a previous crop.Examples:
Brassicas: 7 to 8" in from edge x
7 to 8" (4 plants across)
Potatoes: 5 to 6"in from edge x
5 to 6" (5 tubers across)I give these a bit more space between rows to allow for earthing up.
Onions, Leeks, Garlic or similar 4 to 5"in from edge x
4 to 5" (8 plants across)
When insitu seed sowing again I keep the rows 15" apart
Working with beds this width means I do not have to walk on the beds again after planting, meaning I can get away with these distances apart!
Plus I can reach the middle of the bed from either side of the bed if I am kneeling to plant out, thin out,or do a bit of hand weeding.
most of my excess produce i donate to a special needs school my wife works at and in return i get all the autumn leaves normally around 50 sacks full so that's about it
So I guess you give the leaf mould to the plants that require special needs....nice one!
oh btw I'm trying Mr fothergills Guinness record runner beans this year will let you know how they go i reselected my benchmaster this year so ill put them up against each other
I don't grow runner beans any more I prefer climbing French beans in particular Cobra.
I usually grow two successional crops of these in my greenhouses which keeps me in fresh beans for a few months during the growing season. Any excess is frozen and used out of season.
In your part of the world I guess they would give a good account of themselves outdoors.
Once you have eaten these then you might go like me and give up Runner beans.