runner beans - querey for next year probably

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sam from worthing

runner beans - querey for next year probably

but am hoping someone can help....in the 5 gardens that around us, we are all growing runner beans.

last years crop was a disaster.

this years are heading the same way.

now why is it, we are the only garden in the 5 that have a massive invasion of black fly, we have hardly any flowers, not many have reached the top of the bean poles yet all our neighbours have reached and are flowering profusuly.

what are we doing wrong, or what companion planting can we do to divert the black fly from the beans...you can barely see green stems, and the under side of the leaves are coated in black grot.

we have sprayed the plants, and squirted with washing up liquid diluted, but nothing seems to be detrating - in fact i would say its attracting - and ignoring neighbours plants.

please help me.

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Fish Wife

Runner beans

I can't actually help but I can say that my runner beans are also looking rather sad now and I suspect arent going to be productive.
My MiL who discusses such things with her green fingered pals a lot has said that she has heard it is another bad year for them generally - I guess the conditions were not good.
FWx

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Biggles !

Runner beans

Hi Sam, hope things come right with the beans.

We do a lot as written in this site :
http://www.the-organic-gardener.com/growing-runner-beans.html

Our beans do better when we prep the trench in the autumn and newspaper is very good. At the moment the weather has been so contrary our runners are not looking too good at all. The peas are doing better.

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Lesley Gilbert

Runner Beans

Oh dear, poor you. It really is quite upsetting when you work so hard. I always plant plenty of bushy marigolds and nasturtiums near all my various bean plants on my allotment to encourage hoverflies, ladybirds etc who then hopefully help to feast on these pests. So whilst it is difficult to stop it I do find it helps to either keep them at bay or under some sort of control. Failing that it is a case of wiping of the infested areas with damp kitchen towel/tissues. Good luck.

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RachelF

runner beans

The ones I grew from seed are fine, but the plants my neighbour kindly gave me, along with my broad beans and bluberry plant are covered with aphids. I have been squirting them with a washing up liquid solution, and scraping them off. The broad beans don't seem to be suffering too much anyway, but the red flowering runners still are.
Re the beans maybe some are more susceptible than others. My ones that are producing beans are dwarf white flowered ones from Lidl (!) I always have this problem with broad beans.

 
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