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21/09/2012 at 13:22

Has anyone else had this problem ? I think it's mice. Out of the whole crop only 2 roots unaffected.... some so badly eaten that there's virtually nothing left undergroud. I've dug them all up ...a very dispiriting sight they make !

21/09/2012 at 14:23

Slugs love beetroot so they could be the cause.

21/09/2012 at 14:44


21/09/2012 at 14:52

Jo17, I don't think you are very late harvesting - I've harvested some of my first sowing but still have another sowing going strong. Some to eat fresh and some to pickle.

21/09/2012 at 14:59

Better check those roots as its been an extremely wet season

21/09/2012 at 15:31

This has been my worst year for beetroot and the allotment in general in over 20 years.  I think the weather must be to blame as I have done nothing different to other years.

For the very first time I don't feel the crops harvested have been worth the effort.




21/09/2012 at 15:37
I know what you mean suzigreenfingers! My beans have been very meagre, only just now cutting courgettes of any decent size and 2 greenhouses full of rebarbatively green tomatoes! I've had a few beets, the slugs got most of them. But I've got kale, leeks and chard out for the winter, as well as saladings in the greenhouse.
21/09/2012 at 16:30
What kind of tomatoes are rebarbatively?
21/09/2012 at 17:23

Well mine are a mixture, Gardener's Delight, San Moranzo and Pink Brandywine.

21/09/2012 at 20:04
Pink brandywine sounds good,what are like to taste
21/09/2012 at 20:08
Ab fab...when they ripen! They're a potato leafed beefsteak variety - had a couple last year which weighed nearly a kilo each.
22/09/2012 at 09:59

It has been a bit of a bad year for large slugs this year, and I have found slugs eating my beetroot, and just moved them!  However the very best organic solution to the slug problem is to keep ducks!  My garden is bereft of slugs now, as I let the ducks roam freely for an hour or two morning and night.

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