Bean Plants

Beans – Seeds ‘Disappearing’ Before Germination

Anonymous added on April 18, 2011 | Answered

We have grown beans in previous years and have never encountered the problems which we have had this year. We have set bean seeds in the usual way but have not had many germinating. When we check the soil after several weeks, there is no sign of any seed. We thought at first it may have been eaten, but the soil is not disturbed and there is no trace of either the beans or any 'livestock'. Dirt is not especially wet or dry - can think of no reason - Help!

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Answered on April 18, 2011

Even though the soil is not disturbed, I still suspect that some small animal is taking it, possibly from below. Possibilities include voles or chipmunks. These articles will help:

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