Beans can grow in soil that has been depleted of nitrogen. Beans are a legume and can utilize bacteria in the soil to extract nitrogen from the air. Nevertheless, if the soil is very low in nitrogen, it is best to add some fertilizer. Test the soil for the level of nitrogen and other necessary nutrients.
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