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Produce => Edible Plants => Topic started by: gwynleg on June 14, 2019, 21:23:56

Title: Runner bean outrage
Post by: gwynleg on June 14, 2019, 21:23:56
So I was quite pleasantly surprised that my plot wasnít completely overrun with weeds as I havenít been up there for a while because of the rain. However just before coming away I looked at my runner beans and they have been eaten big time! It looks more like a bird has eaten and bitten off lots of each bean all the way over. It doesnít look like slug damage.

Does this sound right? More importantly do I need to cover my runners? I feel outraged - Ive never had to cover them before!! Or are there any good ideas for frightening birds away?
Thanks
Title: Re: Runner bean outrage
Post by: Beersmith on June 14, 2019, 21:45:22
Could well be birds. There was discussion recently about pigeons attacking young beetroot seedlings. I'd not experienced this before. Seems like they will try almost anything if food is short.
Title: Re: Runner bean outrage
Post by: TEL on June 15, 2019, 04:40:04
I have to net my beans as birds have had a go at them.
Title: Re: Runner bean outrage
Post by: galina on June 15, 2019, 08:48:31
Pigeons could well do this sort of damage.  I had sweetcorn damaged and wondered whether the pigeons did it.  More glittery and bangy things needed to protect them.  :wave:
Title: Re: Runner bean outrage
Post by: laurieuk on June 15, 2019, 12:14:33
Not knowing the area makes answering such queries very hard but id you have any rabbits in you are they love runner bean and sweetcorn. I had a young starter rabbit have a go at my beans once bot they did leave enough for the plants to break and get away. We  now have badgers which will  each almost anything  and what they do not eat will dig up to find worms  etc.
Title: Re: Runner bean outrage
Post by: cambourne7 on June 15, 2019, 20:50:41
Has anyone else had problems?
Title: Re: Runner bean outrage
Post by: gwynleg on June 15, 2019, 22:37:46
Hi thanks for all the comments. I had a look around and no one elseís runners have been attacked in same way, as far as I can see. There are bits of leaf around on the ground by the beans. I have a little similar damage to my mangetout and sweet pea plants. Iíve covered the beans which are still recoverable and am going to put some shiny and noisy things around as soon as I find something suitable!

Iím still going with birds ( pigeons or pheasants) as imagine a rabbit would have taken much bigger chomps of the plants rather than pieces.

It does seem that over time Iím having to cover most of my crops!
Title: Re: Runner bean outrage
Post by: TEL on June 16, 2019, 07:05:12
We have a lot of rooks around here & there to blame for the beans & a lot of other things.
Title: Re: Runner bean outrage
Post by: Borderers1951 on June 16, 2019, 18:33:47
I've had the same.  I had three lots of pea seeds eaten by mice and pea seedlings have been stripped of their foliage.  The neighbouring plot-holder had his runners eaten.  This is going to be a bad year for peas and beans here so I have bought as many brassica seedlings as possible to try to compensate, planting under cloches with edges well dug into the ground and spiked with plastic forks.  So far so good.
Title: Re: Runner bean outrage
Post by: Tiny Clanger on June 18, 2019, 16:07:40
I've heard of sparrows being destructive and pecking, but not had the problem myself. Do squirrels cause damage?  :blob7:
Title: Re: Runner bean outrage
Post by: woodypecks on June 19, 2019, 21:05:27
Yes, me too...again ! It's rabbits here...caught a couple of babies scarpering out under a gap in the chicken wire that surrounds my vegetable beds .. I have now secured it much tighter and also put chicken wire around the bottom of my bean wigwams  and as Laurieuk said hopefully some of them will recover and re-shoot out from the remaining nibbled leaf joints .
   :coffee2: Debbie 
Title: Re: Runner bean outrage
Post by: Vinlander on June 25, 2019, 09:55:01
I can't grow red runners here - some bee species cut into the nectar supply and destroy the flowers - but white ones have fooled them for the last 10 seasons - pink are OK too.

Maybe other pests are drawn by red flowers and make a note of where they are?

I prefer white beans anyway - we always have a few dried ones around (the second sowing of frenchies is way nicer than the last of the runner pods) - guests don't notice if you put huge white beans in a stew - but weird black mottled ones? That might trigger a WTF moment.

Cheers.