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why can't i grow beetroot?

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 11:32

Thanks for all your suggestions folks. I love beetroot so will keep on trying.

I'm sure I read that beetroot don't like to be moved which is why I sow direct, but I think I will try modules again. Also I will enrich and feed my soil a bit more - my little raised beds on the allotment do dry out badly. I will also try soaking the seeds first.

I'm surprised to hear the 'maritime crop' theory. Beetroot always seemed to do perfectly well in good old West Yorkshire fields when I was a girl.

Yes GD2. My daughters were also fans of Moomin troll stories. My youngest ( now 28) still calls me Moomin mama !

Well - back to the old seed catalogues. I swear by Dobies...

why can't i grow beetroot?

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 21:08

I don't seem able to grow beetroot any more!  I try to follow the seed packet instructions closely, but they just seem to be straggly and rubbish. I seem to get thin red stems that crawl along the ground, but no globes.

Am I planting too shallow? I don't have a greenhouse. I plant direct into the soil, in a small raised bed. I have tried in rows and also in the ' square foot' block method.

Still no result. What am I doing wrong?

foxglove seedlings

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 18:06

Thanks. I'll get them in PDQ.

foxglove seedlings

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 18:36

When should I plant out new foxglove plants?                            I have grown them in pots from seed this summer, so they should flower next year.                                                     Should I plant them out now or wait until Spring?

Oriental Chrysanthemum

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 10:04


I found these seeds quite by chance last year. It was a James Wong range for wildlife gardening. I grew them in my allotment. Only a few germinated successfully but wow!  they were fantastic!  Big multi-stemmed plants with delicate grey/green leaves and beautiful creamy yellow flowers. hundreds of them all summer.

I was so proud of them I entered them in the local (very small) show - and won a prize! I felt a bit guilty though. The class was for 5 stems of the same flower. As you can see, I had multi flowers on each stem and they made quite a show!

Sadly, I was unable to grow any this year from my collected seed and hav'nt seen them in the shops again. Any ideas?

Barlotto beans - to freeze or not to freeze

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 09:39

This is just the info I've been looking for!  I've grown Barlotti for the first time this year. Planted them directly into the ground, in June and they've done really well. ( and I live in north Yorkshire)   No pests as far as I can see. 

Trouble is I'm not sure when they're ready. The beans inside are still white. Do they go pink inside the pod? Do I wait for that?  or do they change colour on drying?   In fact I think I will use them fresh or freeze them now I know that's ok.

Garlic disease

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 21:05

Oh dear!!  All my garlics have now gone the same way!  What a waste of time! Ive tended and watched them right through the winter - all to get nothing! Don't think I'll bother again.

Garlic disease

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 18:36

No, not really. And its happened while they were still in the ground. The tops have gone like raffia and the necks have rotted. The outer skins have a white / greenish mound all over in the worst cases. If I rub away the skins, the bulbs don't look too bad but are a bit slimy looking. Don't fancy eating them ! I'm gutted. They were doing so well.

My Senshu onions nearby seem to be fine, and I have Solent Wight garlic in another bed which is also fine, so far. Think I'll dig them up early just in case.

Garlic disease

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 20:45

My lovely Garlic Marco's have suddenly withered! the stems have rotted off and the bulbs are covered in a white / green mould. I've dug them out and thrown them away, but very sad. They were doing so well!  It is a new raised bed this year, never grown garlic in it before. Nice open and sunny site.  What went wrong?  and are my onions at risk, growing in the same bed?

Propogating Clematis

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 17:40

Whats the best way to propogate clematis? I confess Ive pinched a long 'cutting' form a beautiful one growing over a wall. Its a Montana type with a beautiful small passion flower type of flower. Will it strike do you think? or layer? or do I need seeds?

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why can't i grow beetroot?

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Most beautiful and prolific flowers ! 
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