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brown leaves and stem on my broad beans, what could it be please, thanks


Probably chocolate spot - it's a fungus which enjoys wet overcrowded conditions - another year plant your beans a bit further apart.  

It's a nuisance and may reduce the yield but hopefully you should still get a crop and the beans will be perfectly edible.  

If your bean plants are flopping about a bit, try staking them with canes to allow air to flow between the plants - this will help reduce the spread.

And don't compost the bean plants - dry and burn them if you can or otherwise dispose of them. 


I did plant them a bit too close together and we have had a lot of rain, I do have them staked. thanks

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