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Dwarf French Beans in autumn - get rid of it?


By Peter

Hampshire, United Kingdom

My dwarf French beans aren't producing any more beans so the plant is just sat there getting scruffy. Am I meant to remove it now the summer's over?

On plant Phaseolus vulgaris



If they are not producing any more beans, there is no reason to keep them. Cut off the top growth for the compost heap. But leave the roots in the soil as they will add nitrogen (as will any of the legume family). If you grow vegetable crops on a rotation basis, this nitrogen will benefit brassicas grown in the same place next year

25 Sep, 2007


Brilliant, thanks Andrew. When I pulled my tomatoes out there was small dense ball of roots, did the ball out to be broken up?

26 Sep, 2007


Sorry, did the ball ought to be broken up?

26 Sep, 2007


It would be better to remove tomato roots from the soil and dispose of them on the compost heap if you had no blight, or bin if you did.

26 Sep, 2007


Hi Owdboggy, I did get rid of the tomato roots - they had blight so they weren't composted. I was wondering if I should break up the roots of the bean plant? Or do I literally take of the top growth and leave the roots in as they are? Thanks

26 Sep, 2007


As it says on hotel door notices - DO NOT DISTURB

26 Sep, 2007


Thanks Andrew :)

26 Sep, 2007


Sorry, it was the way I read the question. As Andrew says leave the roots of the bean plants as they are, though if you did break them up it would not matter, the nirogen fixing bacteria would still be there.

26 Sep, 2007


Thanks Owboggy, it's one of tomorrow's jobs so I'll leave them as they are.

26 Sep, 2007

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