Garden Update: My Sad Beans

By Kiersten | Last Updated: March 25, 2014

Let’s go back in time a few weeks, shall we? Here’s a picture of my green beans from my last garden update. Remember how concerned I was because they were growing so fast and I worried that they’d take over the whole square foot garden?



I’ve enlisted my husband in picking off the various beetles (yes, there are more than one kind) and earwigs (oh yeah, there are those too) I’ve been finding on the bean plants, and it seems to be helping slightly, but I don’t know that anything can help them recover at this point. After trying diluted Dr. Bronner’s for a few weeks with no luck, I bought Safer End-All, but I don’t think I applied enough so it didn’t do much good. As soon as I buy a duster, I’m going to try diatomaceous earth around the base of the plants in order to kill off any recent hatchlings. I know this stuff kills the beneficial bugs too, so I’m limiting it all to this little square–I hope that will be enough.

I finally planted my lettuce and kale, but it seems that the afternoon heat is a little too much for them to handle, so I’m going to take some burlap and build them a little canopy. See how much I care for my plants! I am so dedicated, guys! I knew that these plants were best suited for fall, but I thought I’d try growing them during the summer because I’m impatient like that. I plan on growing more this fall anyway.

In other news, my zucchini has been blooming, but no fruiting action is occurring. This happened last year too–while everyone else in the community garden was enjoying a bumper crop of zucchini, mine would blossom and then the flowers would fall off. Over and over and over, all summer long. My pattypan squash did the same thing. I’m hoping to have better luck this summer, but it’s been a rather inauspicious start.

How is your garden doing this week? Do you have problems with insects too? If you can help me solve my bean problem, I will send you a bushel of beans when harvest time comes and my undying gratitude. Okay, maybe just the latter, but that’s worth something, right?!

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same thing has happened to my beans recently! must be bug season! Will be planting a second round in a month or so I think and will take more care to watch for bugs

Aww, your poor beans! I've only gotten one bean from mine so far. And my zucchini did the same thing as yours! Except I now finally have one tiny little zucchini growing.

Sorry to see bugs eating your beans 8( Hopefully you can take care of the problem! We rent, so no garden here, but one day after we buy I plan to have one 8)

i'm kind of thinking your bean problem is due to the late start, with moving and all.

same with the squash…it may just be too stinkin hot and humid for proper pollination

what's the fall planting date in your zone? might do better then.

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I look this up and I think it could be helpful. The marigolds is what I was really looking for. My grandmother gave me an organic gardening book on how to use flowers and vegies so they benefit each other and the marigold is one of them. I need to use the egg shells for snails in my yard. They are every where. Hope this helps.
Pesky Problems for Green Beans
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Keep up constant surveillance. Check your green bean plants each time you water them to see if any buggy invaders have arrived. Bugs especially like to hang out under the leaves of your green bean plants, so be sure to turn them over. If you only see a few bugs, you can remove the leaves or squish the bugs to get rid of them.
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Water often. Use your hose as an anti-bug weapon on your green bean plants. Spray the leaves and pods to knock the bugs off your green bean plants and keep them from eating your delicious crops.
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Invite beneficial wildlife into your garden. Plant marigolds around your green beans to attract hoverflies and lady birds, which can eat the harmful bugs that will try to destroy your green bean plants. Purchase nematodes at a garden supply store and sprinkle them around your garden to kill off slugs. You can also plant near a pond to attract frogs, or install a hedgehog house on your property. These animal friends will also help you eliminate your insect problems.
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Protect your plants. Cover your green bean sprouts with plastic bottles that have both ends removed. Or try placing egg shells around your garden border. Both of these measures will help to keep slugs away from your green bean plants. You also can remove the slugs by hand; try it at night using a flashlight to find them. Then put them in a bucket of salt and they will be gone forever.
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Purchase insecticides if the problem gets worse. You can use a nontoxic insecticidal soap or another product recommended by your local garden center, depending on the type of critter you're trying to keep away from your plants.

Read more: How to Keep Critters off of Green Bean Plants | -off-green-bean-#ixzz1RemZpkq5

Your blog post makes me feel so much better about my container garden experiment. My peas (long since pulled up) and my cucumbers had growth problems too. They looked beautiful and by the next week they stopped growing and produced very little. Hand picking worked well when it came to the pests. Have you tried adding compost to your garden?

My squash plants last year had the same problems with lack of pollination. I blame this on the declining bee population. You can take a q-tip and hand pollinate your plants though. I think this would have worked for us had we not gotten squash vine borers that destroyed everything.

We had the same problems with our green beans too and now I can't remember what caused them.

Is that cedar mulch your using as a crop cover? If so, that'll sap the nutrients and stunt your garden. We made that mistake last year and had to remove the mulch and now use pine straw.

You're not the only one having problems. Bugs are a little nuisance compared to the zoo that is our street and yard (deer, squirrels, rabbits, groundhog, and moles). My husband built me a garden cage (6 sided with chicken wire) so the animals wouldn't eat the plants. I am also doing square foot gardening along with companion planting, which should help with the bugs. There are lots of resources online. Good luck to all of us with our home farming 🙂

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My beans come up, look good for a few days and then kind of shriveled or got eaten at the base and dried up. Help!

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