Another plant fell over today during the day. I noticed it when I went to the garden in late afternoon, and the leaves had not begun to wilt (although they usually look more shriveled, like all the moisture was sucked out of the leaves, than they look wilted). It was almost like the plant was top-heavy and could not support itself and just broke from its own weight . . . surely this could not be the problem, since what few beans there are are very tiny? These plants are not on a trellis, although they surely would climb one if it were available, with all the runners the plants have put out.
Sandih, I'm not sure where to get pecan shell mulch . . . do you think crushed egg shells might work the same?
Green Rain, I would LOVE to have you come out, but we are in the panhandle, about 250 miles from you, and I don't think I could pay for the mileage