Several gardeners have reported that their broad beans are rotting off.
Cold,wet soils are the problem. This is happening both when the bean has started to germinate & produced a root; as well as before the bean has started to grow.
To combat this, we are trying to keep the wet away from the broad beans.
TopVeg planted the beans:
- into a well structured seed bed that had been covered with a plastic sheet all winter. This kept the rain out, and the soil was just moist.
- The soil was loosened with a small three pronged fork and then raked level.
- The beans were pushed into the soil to about two inches, with his finger. The beans were pushed into moist soil.
- A plasic sheet was laid on the top of the soil to keep the rain off, and prevent rotting off
After three weeks the broad beans are almost through and so far they are not rotting off.