Bean Replacement

Written by Chris on April 18th, 2010

I foolishly ignored obvious signs of some leaf-destroying predator on one of my bean plants and woke up today to find the plant sheared off at the base. So I dropped in another bean seed in its stead. This time I chose a Kentucky Wonder pole bean since this plant is near the fence. The others are bush beans.


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  1. Darth Paul says:

    You’ll be taking cutworm precautions this time, yes?

  2. Chris says:

    Sounds like a sensible thing to do…let me know if you have any tips!

    • Darth Paul says:

      Cheapest/easiest way:

      If you’ve already resown, it’s too late to check the soil. It’s best to dig up the area you’re planting (not much, just a few trowel-fuls) and physically remove the worm.

      No worries, if so. Next step is to get some toilet paper tubes and cut them in half. You’ll need to sink these into the soil so that it surrounds the seedling. Sink it no deeper than 2 inches. You want the cardboard to stick up about 1.5inches.

      As a backup precaution, sprinkle a 6in diameter (not radius) ring of cornmeal around the sprouts. If you want, you can mix this with diatomaceous earth, which will cut the worms up (safe for humans and pets, though). NOTE: this is not effective on wet soil.

      Finally, you can spray the sprouts with a concentrated tea of VERY hot peppers (habaneros are fairly cheap and easy to obtain here; bhut jolokias are even better). Note: you do *not* want to touch this stuff. Handle with care, esp when spraying. I got caught by a surprise downwind once and choked for about 15min.

      Best of luck!

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