We sowed bell beans as a cover crop late last fall - then locked the garden gate and hoped for the best. And once again, they came through! The raised beds are filled with beautiful, strong bean plants just about to flower.
It’s important to cut the beans off just below soil level before the plant starts to flower. At this stage, the plants have produced multiple nitrogen nodules attached to the roots. If the plant is left to produce fruit, the nitrogen will transfer up the stalk and into the beans. By cutting the stalk the nitrogen nodules are left to feed the soil - right where we need them!