What is cutting off growing tips of pole bean vines?
We planted pole beans, and they quickly started to climb a cattle panel trellis, and I noticed late last week, from the window, they didn't seem to be making progress now. Yesterday I was able to get out there and check them and I see that almost all of the vines are missing the top leaf, with the stem of the leaf still there, with a clean cut.
No one can get in the yard. The vines are about 4ft off the ground. The only suspects to me are birds, insects or maybe squirrels, but I haven't seen squirrels for awhile.
Will my vines grow a new growing tip and keep going up?
2nd problem with my beans, I'm not getting lush growth the way I would hope. We just created new raised beds this year and had to move all the soil from previous beds to these, so I'm wondering if that is having any effect.
I have been putting fish emulsion/seaweed fertilizer on them once a week. I am now wondering if I shouldn't try adding alfalfa meal around the base of them?