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08/12/2012 at 16:18

Can someone please tell me how many years you can safely grow runners beans in the same piece of ground.

08/12/2012 at 16:26

Safely as in pest and disease build up?

I can only relate my experience-I have grown beans on the same bit of ground for probably the last 15 years- perhaps more-never had a problem and don't consider it as a problem

Just dig a trench every year and fill it with compost, chicken manure-whatever to retain the moisture.

08/12/2012 at 16:33

I move mine every year, but only because I have 3 main veg beds and rotate crops.

My father used the same trenches for 30 years and never had a problem, but he did as above and dug and re-filled the trenches with fresh organic stuff every autumn, after the runners had finished.

08/12/2012 at 16:35

Oh goody Geoff.

I shall happily use same ground now! I also seem to remember recently reading that about beans, probably in a garden mag. J.

08/12/2012 at 18:55
Lyn, Growing runner beans in same spot is ok. I alternate positions in my garden though because the ground, if trenched every year, becomes extremely rich. I grow onions in alternate years ...they thrive in such rich soil. Or, celery?
08/12/2012 at 21:18

Hi Lyn ,i asked this question some time ago and found out that runners and french should be left in the same place and dug back in,we are now all using the thinner 6 or7 foot tree supports from the farm suppliers cost about £1.20 each (£6 at the garden centers)  with chicken wire across, its strong and  the beans love it, also peas on smaller poles grow so well up them too but i don't know if you can leave the peas in the same place though, i find the farmers suppliers are so much better for many garden things ,OK B Good


09/12/2012 at 13:45

Thats great, thank you folks, we have used the ground for years, always digging in fresh compost, manure and newspapers, I just want to check with other people as I have just bought those new self fertile beans, drought and drain resistant! and wanted to give them a good start, once again, thank you all who have responded for me.

09/12/2012 at 19:15

beans usaully don't have a problem in same ground but brassica crops and allums do.

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