This week you will need to start making your first sowing of Runner Beans and Dwarf French Beans.
You will need to sow the seeds into 9cm (3 1/2 inch) pots of multipurpose compost and place on the bench in a heated glasshouse or on a warm windowsill. This early sowing can then be moved into a cold frame once germinated, so the plants acclimatise gradually, before being planted outside towards the end of this month.
You will also need to be making a sowing outside direct into the Runner Bean Trench, as these will mature slightly later than those sown under glass. These are the first of at least 3 sowings you will need to be making over the coming weeks this year.