Have you ever heard the expression
“beans don’t like their roots disturbed”?
Well it’s true, they really don’t.
The photos accompanying this post show some dwarf French beans that were sown directly into soil in our polytunnel. This week I moved a few plants that were crowding the sweetcorn I’d sown them with (part of the Three Sisters companion planting).
Within an hour the beans were looking poorly and several days later they still haven’t recovered. Hopefully I won’t lose them completely but it will be interesting to see if and how much the move has set them back.
It’s not just beans that get upset. All members of the legume family can sulk if moved.
So how do you avoid root disturbance if you want to plant beans and peas as healthy growing plants and not from seed? I’ve found growing the seeds in toilet roll tubes very effective and biodegradable pots work too as both can be ‘planted’ with the seedlings growing inside them.
I’ll keep you posted on how my transplants fare over the coming months, watch this space.