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Byline: Steve Riches

"sorry to bring up an old chestnut, but what's your take on spraying runner bean flowers with water?" asks Colin Cathcart, of Blackburn, Lancs A Old chestnuts are what keep gardeners going, Colin, so keep 'em coming. As for this one, well, the theory is that by doing so you will actually attract thirsty, pollinating insects and thus improve your bean crop.

Some people even go to the trouble of spooning a little sugar into the watering can as a further enticement.

Personally, I don't bother. I just make sure the roots are regularly soaked while those flowers are in bloom because otherwise they'll fall off prematurely. And then the bean crop will certainly suffer.
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jul 10, 2011
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