Eeek! Broad Bean Woes
May 26, 2009
A less happy garden-themed post today.
Up until yesterday, I took great delight in how our broad beans were coming along. They were probably the healthiest and happiest looking plants in the garden and then the aphids stuck. Now my plants are looking really quite sorry for themselves….
See how the flowers have shriveled and turned black? They look almost as if they’ve been burnt and drop off if you touch them. Also, a few of the plants that have the shriveled flowers also look ‘rusty’ around the base of the stem….
As I’ve never grown broad beans before, I don’t know if this is normal or not but I’m guessing not. I’m not sure if it’s a result of
a) the aphids
b) the fact that, upon discovering the aphids, we sprayed them with some soapy water (it was only slightly soapy and I used ecover so I wouldn’t have thought it would damage the plant)
c) something else entirely……
So, can anyone help? Should I give up hope of getting any broad beans from these plants? I’ve now pinched out the tops of the taller plants in an attempt to deter further blackfly infestations but am I too late? I do have some unaffected plants remaining so if it is fatal, can anyone recommend how to save these ones?
Sorry for all the questions but I’m a desperate woman!