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The Most Common Problem With Growing Beans and How To Treat It

Hello garden gals and guys!

Have you ever grown green beans and everything was going great and then one day you go out into your garden and they look like this:


This is exactly what happened to one of my gardening buddies, N'Ckyola, and she had no idea what was going on.

But I did.

You may have heard me mention a few times that I completed the Maryland New Farmer Trainee program.  I spent an entire year working on an organic farm.  One of the many veggies they grew were beans.  And some of their beans looked like the picture above.

I asked my farming mentor what caused it and he told me.

Mexican Bean Beetles.

What?

Then he searched around in the bean plants and found one and it looked like this:


I said "wait...that looks like a ladybug."

Friends, that ain't no ladybug. 

What is a Mexican Bean Beetle? Mexican bean beetles are the most common problem gardeners encounter when growing beans.  Adults and larvae feed on the leaves and pods of all kinds of beans.

The adult…

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