Singing Gardener

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White Beetroot

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 10:54

I'm growing a mixture of colours this year and cooked one red and one white to contrast the other day. I preferred the white one, which was sweeter, but OH preferred the red one which had a stronger taste. 

What the experts get wrong

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 16:01

The beetroot seeds are a "Quattro" mix, which is supposed to produce 4 different colours - red, white, yellow and red/white stripes. I've only had red ones and the white one so far so I think the others may have been more reluctant to germinate. It's difficult to tell them apart from the plant though.

I've also avoided "funny" colour beans or the same reason, although I do grow yellow courgettes!

What the experts get wrong

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 14:37

Most of my vegetables seem to sneakily grow larger than I intended whilst I'm not looking but they taste great nonetheless. I'm currently catching up on over-sized Cobra french beans and yesterday had a delicious huge white beetroot (I've never grown a white variety before and it was quite hard to believe it would actually taste like beetroot, but it did).


Posted: 31/07/2014 at 00:06

Hi Greg

The latest one looks pretty good to me when I click on it to get the enlarged version. A lovely peacock butterfly!

A request or suggestion.

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 09:56

Thanks for the tip, Beaus Mum. I knew about the green arrow but didn't know I could change my settings to do this.

Yellow lawn

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 17:33

You could always try the Brazilian World Cup approach and just paint the grass green 


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 10:26

Thanks, Victoria. The only problem now is that the caterpillars are currently causing neglect to the rest of my garden too by seducing me into hours of caterpillar-watching when I should be doing something more useful!


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 10:13

And there was me thinking it is a bumper year for butterflies...

I've had dozens of small tortoiseshells laying eggs on my nettle patch for the last week and am a bit worried that there won't be enough nettles to go around...

I haven't seen any peacocks recently but they've obviously been there. The top photo is of a nest of peacock butterfly catterpillars and the lower one shows some much younger small tortoiseshell ones. I saw a red admiral caterpillar yesterday but can't find it to photograph today. I've also watched a comma laying eggs there within the last couple of days and have seen speckled woods and meadow browns.



Posted: 25/06/2014 at 10:23

As a scientist this rang a few alarm bells for me. I don't know anything about safe concentrations of oxalic acid and I'm not saying that rhubarb insecticide isn't perfectly safe but a quick google produced this article which does give food for thought. 

Percy Thrower quote

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 15:17

My son, who's a chemical engineer, recently sent me a link to an article complaining that the vilification of the word "chemical" was putting people off studying chemistry and pointing out that everything is made of chemicals - including compost, top soil and even the plants themselves....

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