So, I usually start my runner beans off in trays in my south-facing back garden. But this year, hardly any have come through. Have I watered too much, or not enough? Are my beans ‘old’? Do bean seeds (or any seeds) have a lifespan after which they aren’t any good? I truly don’t know but as I am going away for a little while, I don’t have time to start over, so I’ve planted more seeds directly into the ground on the plot. Never tried this before so here’s hoping . . .