Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Squishy Beans

You may remember that I posted some images of some rather squishy beans last month. I have researched like crazy and I still have no clue as to why my beans went black in their pods. I can only assume that something wasn't right with the soil nutrients as I have eliminated various root diseases, blackfly, and tell-tale leaf issues and I'm still clueless! Perhaps I should ask Gardener's Question Time?
I think it is time to stop growing broad beans for a while.

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Sue Garrett said...

THis looks a bit like frost damage to me - is that likely? We sometimes have a few broad beans affected in a similar way.

Nicole said...

Hmm, not sure. We had frost in the very early days when I planted them but they were under fleece and I had at least one crop from them before they started going mushy in May/June. Maybe it's just a bad year for them? I will be careful of the time of year I plant them next time tho. Perhaps a bit later than usual.
Thanks for your advice. :)