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Posted: 08/08/2012 at 23:03

I agree with Italophile in that beetroot doesn't always develop at the same rate, you can get huge tennis balls sizes along side golf ball sizes. 

..and regards a crop for this year it has been the worst ever for me, beetroot usually grows for fun in the garden, I was still eating pickled beetroot until May from last year. Planted two varieties this time - Detroit 2 and Burpees Golden along side each other both had the same growing conditions and they've developed the same as yours, so did a MD last weekend and lifted the lot, had more BG than D2 but only enough for a meal. Sowed some more seeds of both varieties under cover in the veg plot and they are already showing through.

I'd put the poor growth down to the weather - too much rain and not enough heat or sun. Try sowing again, depending where you are in the country it's not too late for a late crop, that's if we get some heat and sun. What do you have to lose, you may get golf ball sized beetroot, a good size to pickle



Posted: 08/08/2012 at 22:03

I planted spuds for Christmas last week - Pentland Javelin, Dunluce, Nicola and Maris Bard.Not had the latter three before but grew Pentland Javelin in the early part of last year and they were reasonably good croppers, nice and tasty too.

Maris Bard sound to have been a good choice, has anyone tried Dunluce or Nicola?

what can i use instead of plastic pots

Posted: 08/08/2012 at 21:13

Lavender Lady, some good idea's given...

...and although you don't want to buy any pots... Garden superstore online sell pots 7cm square by 8cm deep - light weight 6p each and heavy weight 13p each. 15 fit in a seed tray, so 90p for 15 light weight or £1.95 for heavy weight. I'd recommend the heavy weight and Wilkco may sell them cheaper - worth a thought, as you'll still need to purchase yoghurts for their pots and you might need rather alot... there's only so many yoghurts a person can eat


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/08/2012 at 20:38

Warm and sunny today, can't remember a day when it hasn't rained. The GH plants have just been given a good soak along with the pots out in the garden. 

There's lots of veg seedlings coming up - carrots, swede, spinach, radish and beetroot. The foxglove, parsley and viola's planted in a nursery bed are also doing well under cover, slugs haven't spotted them yet.   

Tomatoe plants with no flowers !

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 21:53

Looks like you won't win gold but we'll let you out of the corner

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 21:50

We had a thunder storm in the night, seed trays were over flowing this morning. Came home to a sludgy wet garden,droopy flower heads and discovered caterpillars eating the gladioli

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/08/2012 at 21:40

Expecting rain I went out to the GC this morning. Picked up a couple of dahli's for  50p each and a tray of geraniums for £1. It stayed fine all day. Warm and sunny this afternoon so I did some potting up and kept popping inside to watch the tennis.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/08/2012 at 21:23

The sky was a mix of white and dark clouds this morning with blue sky and sun trying to get through.

Decided to go ahead with a bar-be-cue as the forcast was good and it was for 3hrs,sunny blue skies with rumbling thunder in the background! Started raining about 7pm and hasn't stopped since.


Posted: 04/08/2012 at 00:32

I usually grow toms in a GH but planted out spares in the veg bed this year.

In the GH a bought plant started to produce cherry toms a few weeks ago(can't remember the name) but red cherry and red pear grown from seed are now going red, picked the first today. Most of the other varieties in the GH are ladened with fruit but still looking very green. Bit the bullet at the weekend and composted the one's planted out in the veg bed to make room for other vegs. Lots of unhealthy looking growth with only one or two trusses and lookingt very much like slug fodder. 

Beans have been slow and most had yellow leaves at the bottom but they are now over 6ft high with tops pinched out, 5 or 6 different varieties. Picked the first runners at the weekend. I've been taking off the snail damaged leaves, they deserve a gold medal, how they manage to climb up a pole and down during a night, I really don't know       

Purple leaves on Elan Strawberry Plant.

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 23:45

The plant should evetually produce a runner, if it does, let the runner grow and you should get 4 to 5 new plants for next year

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