Post by desertwoman on Feb 22, 2021 13:05:08 GMT -5
Could be too much nitrogen in your soil for all that leaf growth but no bulbs chignikbounty, but binny brings up a good question- do you grow other root crops that successfully produce big edible roots? Is the soil in those areas fed the same as where you've tried growing beets?
Northern New Mexico Zone 6b (formerly Zone 5) Posting since 2005
Try planting them earlier. If it gets warm they bolt with out the root expanding. I have even had it snow over radish seeds and they still sprouted. Beets I've had no luck with either. May also try planting a bit earlier and see how it goes.
Abigail, all 9 kids grown and 23 little gardeners.
chignikbounty, last year was my first year growing beets and it was a miserable failure. My first crop was planted in a new bed which I realized a bit too late was staying extremely dry although heavily mulched. Once I started regularly watering I did get decent sized beets on what was left. My fall crop failed to produce much as well. This year I'm going to start them a bit earlier (maybe even transplanting some), make sure they have adequate water and hope for the best.
I've never had a problem growing beets. Maybe because we get adequate rain. I don't mulch them close to the base since they are a root crop. I mulch between the rows keeping the mulch about 6" away from the roots. Cylindra is a good one, last year I grew Detroit Red and I think they did better than Cyllindra. I like the big round ones for roasting.
Beets are very hit or miss with me. Last year I planted them in a spot that got a lot of water from a drip hose I had for the cucumbers. The beets did better than usual but there were a lot that didn't bulb. I love pickled beets , so does hubby.
Post by Wheelgarden on Feb 23, 2021 18:38:46 GMT -5
A big jar of pickled beets lasts about 30 minutes here. Mmm, mmm, mmm! My kids usually get to them before I do, but it's okay because they always leave a few for their ol' Pawpaw. Fresh or pickled, I don't mind the "earthy" taste at all. That's character.
"Adopt the pace of Nature: Her secret is patience." --- Ralph Waldo Emerson
I've got red beets growing, but not sure what type because they were starts donated to gardeners in the CG. I did plant some Cylindra seeds a while back for the first time and they're growing now, too. I put some more Cylindra seeds in the ground again today. Hopefully I'll like them since I've never tasted them before. I've grown yellow beets before, but found out I really didn't care for them the same way as I do red beets. I guess I prefer the earthy flavor...
lilolpeapicker, Most say that beets can transplant well if done when very young- have the first true leaves. Because each seed is actually a fruit with multiple seeds, they recommend one of those multi-celled trays with only one "seed" per cell. In transplanting, get the entire root ball out using a popsicle stick or the like. The site below seemed to have the clearest transplanting instructions with good pictures to show what is done. She has better success with transplanting beets than direct seeding as there are no gaps between plants and germination is more controlled.
lilolpeapicker, I'm going to try starting them inside this year. I've been reading and watching lots of videos by Charles Dowding and his no-dig gardening. He starts them inside and moves them to the garden within a few weeks. I believe he does harvest some as greens and others as a root crop, but worth experimenting with as I love beets! I'll try direct seeding some as well.
Interestingly I have three left in the garden from the fall planting and pulled off a few leaves and tasted them. They weren't bad, but then again I love foraging weeds for salads.
Post by lilolpeapicker on Feb 27, 2021 14:11:44 GMT -5
I am planning on trying again to start them indoors using 9 cell containers....will do some for beets and some for greens. For beets I will do the golden beets and maybe a red variety...not sure which right now.
Have a great gardening day! hoe, hoe, hoe Pea Upstate NY, zone 5