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Broad Bean Disaster Day 58

Posted May 08 2013 4:12pm

The Chef has had a disaster – some broad beans in The Plot are dying 58 days after planting.

He dug one up and found that the root was black.

broad bean seedling with black root

broad bean seedling with black root

This is a sign of fusarium, a fungus which causes bean foot rot.  Fusarium tends to take over when the soil is cold and wet, and broad bean seedlings start to rot off.  Bad drainage leads to cold, wet soil.

The last two days have been warm and sunny.  So lets hope the Chef’s plot warms up and that the broad beans start to grow away from the disaster that appeared on day 53!

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