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LynLyn Posts: 21,372

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

Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 


  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    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.

  • 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.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • jo4eyesjo4eyes Posts: 2,058

    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.

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,657

    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


  • LynLyn Posts: 21,372

    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.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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

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