A while ago now, I posted about my beans beating defeated by Mystery Tip Nippers. With a new patch, I decided to plant lots of bean seeds - some for eating green and yellow and some for drying and storing, all for adding nitrogen to the soil to start the patch off in the best possible way.
But after putting loads of beans in most suffered from having their growing tips nipped out. With their first proper leaves being taken out the plants quickly died. Those that managed (by luck) to avoid the tip nippers (possibly earwigs) were badly affected by the unrelenting heat we have had.
Stubbornly determined to get some beans this summer I have decided on two anti-tip nipping experiments.
Experiment 1: Hiding the beans
As no pests seem to be worrying my radish, beetroot and rocket rows, I have decided to see if I can deceive the tip nippers by hiding my beans amongst them. I have put a row of bush beans (ones with black seeds) behind the radish and in front of my beetroot and rocket. Perhaps the other plants will put the tip nippers off? That's what I am hoping anyway.
Experiment 2: The barrier method
I have put plastic cuffs around the planted bean seeds. Out of 3 whole rows of borlotti, I had only one bean plant left in the ground and 6 seeds left in the packet. I have put all those 6 in with cuffs from juice and milk containers protecting them - hopefully.
To deal with the heat problem, I have mulched everything heavily with lots of lucerne.
Let's see what happens!