This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

today's sowing

Beets, Lutz
Beets, Merlin
Beets, Chioggia
Beets, Blankoma
Tomato (paste), Cordova
Tomato (paste), San Marzano
Tomato (paste), San Marzano Gigante 3
Tomato (paste), Stump of the World
Tomato (paste), Opalka
Tomato (paste), Nova
Tomato (paste), Polish Linguisa
Tomato (paste), Heinz 2653



Anonymous Erin W. said...

I've never had good luck transplanting beets...any advice from your personal experience?

March 29, 2015 10:36 AM

Blogger kathy said...

I don't know why people have trouble transplanting beets? It's always gone fine for me. I learned to grow them indoors from a local CSA farmer. But there's really no trick. just like any other vegetable you start indoors. I find they are very hardy and transplant well. Transplant them out in clumps of 2-4 - you don't need to pull them all apart. The corms will push each other apart as they form.

If I have too many seedlings, I sometimes hold some in the pot. They will stop growing and several weeks later I can plant them out and they mature much later - as if I had done another sowing.

I start them inside even in summer because it's easier to transplant than to thin them I find. And easier to water the little seedlings when they're in a pot than out in the garden.

What happens when you try to transplant them?

March 29, 2015 7:43 PM

Anonymous Erin said...

Hm... I am beginning to think I am really not talented at beets. When I've transplanted they've all just stopped growing and shriveled up. I do think I tried to separate them so might try growing them as a clump as you do.

March 30, 2015 8:47 PM


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