Hi all I’m new to allotment this year and about to prepare my trench for beans. I havent got any well rotted manureto pit in bottom but was wondering if chicken pellets will do
if you are planning on using chicken pellets, just sprinkle the ground before you plant. A Bean trench is a method of composting. You dig the trench, throw in all the kitchen waste, newspaper etc, at one end, then cover that bit over with soil. The next week, move along the trench a bit. Over the winter you should fill the trench in all the way along. The stuff underneath rots, and the worms work it in.
Sounds like hard work and totally unnecessary to me. I sprinkle the pole line with a handful of blood fish and bone when I put the plants in. I think chicken manure is best kept for brassicas. It is too nitrogenous for beans, you would get a lot of soft leafy growth at the expense of the flowers and beans.
you might find a book like this useful.
I don't bother digging a trench anymore either. I dig or rotovate around March, usually too wet earlier. If I have manure or compost I dig or rotovate it in then. Then when I plant the plants, after the frosts, 2nd half of May, I do as Fidgetbones and sprinkle blood, fish and bone along the pole line.
Beans like water and I think part of the idea of a trench is to help retain water, but if you water them then it's fine.
Last edited: 29 January 2018 14:06:12
I read a book called gardening myths, so now I don’t bother with the bean trench. Just sprinkle some bone meal and chicken pellets at the time of planting. No less beans.
Thank you all