Posted: 18/06/2012 at 10:32
I'm sorry you have lost your crop, Yarrow2. I doubt you would want to eat anything which has mould. Me neither. Hang on before ripping out the beetroot though. They are pretty tough.
I'm wondering if your soil is slightly too acid as you are in Scotland. Also you have put in manure (from either horse or cow which has been feeding on acidic grown grass) and top soil from your garden I presume. You could invest in a soil test kit to be sure.
Our soil here is very much the same as there are lots of conifers woods, bracken and rhodies out in the wild. I lime my veggie plot every autumn, then top with cow manure and let it over winter. I've never had the soil tested but I'm guessing the acidity level is right down now as my "greens" do very well.
Please have another go as there's nothing like the taste of fresh veg straight from the garden.