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Old 08-14-2013, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Indiana
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Something started eating the bean on the inside my green beans. I think it was a white moth. I would see them flying around from time to time by the green beans. Anyway, I pulled up all the green bean plants because they just got so bad. When I did this I noticed bugs in the dirt crawling around. They were little brown bugs. The garden bed where the green beans were planted has brussels sprouts, a head of cabbage, bell pepper plants and a few carrots on the opposite side. The garden soil used was Miracle Grow.

Is it okay if I plant a few heads of cabbage and maybe some carrots for fall harvest in the area where I had the green beans planted?
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:17 PM
 
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It sounds like you are asking about crop rotation. Generally beans are in a different "family" of veggies than cabbages and Brussels sprouts, also different from carrots or peppers. This is important to know since it is veggies from the same "family" that should not be planted in the same place in order to reduce the chances of pests and diseases from striking.

Both of the following have different approaches but they both group the plants that you should not grow in the same place and those that can be used like you want:

Mother Earth News is probably the single oldest and most reliable organic planting information source. I've been reading them for almost 4 decades now! Maintain Healthy Soil with Crop Rotation - Organic Gardening - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Rotating Vegetable Crops for Garden Success - Bonnie Plants

The moths most likely didn't "eat" the beans but their larva may be your culprit. Unfortunately your description makes it hard to ID the problem bug(s). It could be something like a Cowpea curculio larva. You may be able to ID the pest using one of the following and then figure out how to avoid it in the future.

Pests of Beans and Peas

HGIC 2201 Bean & Southern Pea Insect Pests : Extension : Clemson University : South Carolina

Beans - Insect Identification and Control in the Home Garden — Entomology — Penn State University
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