I did quite well with runner beans last year, and fairly well with French beans so I thought I'd have another go this year. I've planted runner, French and broad bean seeds as well as peas but apart from one solitary runner bean nothing else has germinated.
What am I doing wrong?! I'm planting beans in individual post of general purpose compost, keeping them on the windowsill in the conservatory (nice sunny spot where I germinate everything), watering well....and nada!
I've left some for a good few weeks as I know they can take a while and I started some early when it was still cold. But I've got some now that I planted about 3 weeks ago, so when it had started to warm up, and still nothing. They are all leftover seeds from last year - does that make a difference?
thanks for the advice! Think I'll invest in a new packet of seeds then. I'm a total cheapskate when it comes to gardening and try to make use of what I've got but if the bloody things aren't going to germinate anyway, it's a bit of a lost cause!
Have you covered them with a clear plastic bag? Runner beans germinate much better if enclosed until they get going. Just fasten it on with an elastic band - make sure there is some height above it so the emerging seedlings have got some room to grow.