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Beans - All sorts - Soil Prep

NewBoy2NewBoy2 BristolPosts: 1,808

I have saved some beans from this seasons pods and I would like to know

1.What do I need to do to the beds now...manure...make a .trench

2.Can some of them be grown in a 18" raised bed

These are the ones I have saved

Borlotti

Black Beans....Climbing French beans...maybe Purple Cascade

Dwarf Green Beans

Green Runner Beans

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    Newboy2, what a lot of us do is dig a trench now and keep throwing in vegetable matter such as kitchen waste and shredded garden prunings, pulled-up annual weeds and the like, often adding shredded newspaper and cardboard.  At the end of the winter, we cover the open trench with soil and by the time it comes to bean-planting time, it will have all rotted down and will help to hold moisture deep down which bean roots love.

    You can grow just about anything in raised beds with the possible exception of the taller brassicas as those need firm soil to do well.  Beans usually thrive providing you keep up with the watering. image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • FruitcakeFruitcake Posts: 810

    Does this apply to broad beans too please?

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    Broad beans are much less fussy than runner and other climbing beans and I have no trouble growing those with minimal soil preparation.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • FruitcakeFruitcake Posts: 810

    Exactly what I wanted to hear, thank you image

  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 BristolPosts: 1,808

    BTG

    That seems very much like a plan......thanks

    Im going to sow carrots and a couple of dwarf broad beans in the RB

     

     

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