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Root Vegetable Questions

Post  WriterCPA on 9/5/2013, 10:58 pm

This is the first year I've really tried to grow root vegetables, and my results are quite mixed.

Are the following turnips and beets ready to pick?  Are they so small because they didn't stay buried? (Why didn't they stay buried?)

Why are my new Cherry Belle radishes so spindly?  Should I mound some dirt around these roots?


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Re: Root Vegetable Questions

Post  sanderson on 9/6/2013, 3:11 am

Maria, Are you using Mel's Mix? From the photos, it looks like there is a lot soil in the beds. Did the soil settle with watering? Maybe that's why the beets are so high out of the ground. Or the ground was hard and the beets went upward, the path of least resistance.

I just picked my 3 little beets because they were starting to push the MM upwards. Besides, I wanted to plant the fall/winter plants. But, because of MM, the "soil" didn't settle, leaving plants up high. I water the prepped bed well before planting.

Maybe someone else can give you a better answer. Embarassed 


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Post  Marc Iverson on 9/7/2013, 1:04 am

I'm seeing a lot of mulch on sale lately, as the summer season starts closing down in my neck of the woods. If the tops sticking out bothers you, how would you feel about heavily mulching the beets?

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Post  WriterCPA on 9/7/2013, 2:12 am

Mulch it is! for the entire root bed, after a little tender aeration with a pitchfork. All my fluffy vermiculite and compost seem to have sunk into the harder native clay soil. Next year, raised boxes.

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