You may find that runner beans
find it very hard to set pods in this dry weather. You may find that giving the flowers a shower with the hose on a daily basis may help. They also love to have moist roots, you really cannot over water runner beans, so after a good water make sure the roots have a good mulch. They are also greedy feeders so keep up the feeding as well.
I am growing Physalis
this year. I picked up one plant earlier this year at a local fete, I then remembered that these really do need a pollination partner to set fruit. I remember having problems with my Mexican tomatillo plants a couple of years back. They do much better if they have another plant or several plants with which to cross pollinate.
I have made some second sowings of some of my veggies. Already my Romanesco Courgettes
and my Delistar Cucumbers
are doing really well and cropping every day, but I know they will start to get tired in a couple of weeks and there will be plenty more heat and day length to come in September and October. I've also made a quick second sowing of some dwarf French beans
. They will come up quickly in this weather.
It is hot, hard work in this heatwave, so my lovely garden assistant Daisy is supervising from a comfy spot! Thanks Daisy!
The runner bean information is helpful. I have twelve plants and have been wondering how careful I should be about keeping water off the leaves in this very hot weather - and the answer seems to be not at all. And I was planning to look up whether I should feed them - and you have given the answer to that too.
I don't have mulch but the plants look happy.
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