Beans may be off the menu due to fewer bumblebees

Richard Lees inspects his crop of broad beans which are not showing any signs of developing pods.

A LACK of bees may be blamed for the failure of bean crops in Selkirk gardens, writes Sally Gillespie. Although gardener Richard Lees of The Loan has not yet given up on his broad beans, he says the signs are not good.

“All the plants are fine – they couldn’t be better, the flowers are fine, but there are no beans. It’s too early to say it’s a failure yet, but I don’t like the look of it,” he told The Wee Paper this week.

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