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Beetroot eaten in the ground

Beetroot eaten in the ground

Just wondering what could have eaten my beetroots? Surely it couldn't have been done by slugs and I don't see any rabbits or hares around.You might enlighten me. They were taken out of the ground in November with all this damage. Curious, Headford, Co Galway Posted: 07/02/2017

The photo shows more signifcant damage than  slugs generally cause, and rabbits are the most likely, becaus e deer tend to eat the tops of plants. Rats are a possibility and curved shaved out bits on the ground are typical.


beetroot bulbs do not swell

my beetroot are all leaves and very little bulb. can you help please? donegalbarney, stranorlar, Co Donegal Posted: 31/07/2011


The beetroot may still be immature and the root will increase in size, or they may have gone to flower and seed, in which case they will not get any bigger.

Or they are too crowded together or the soil is too rich in nitrogen from too much manure or compost. 



What's wrong with my beetroot?

I harvested my little crop of beetroot the other day. I left about 3-4 cms of stalk and the roots intact, washed and boiled gently for about 2.5 hours. After cooling, I peeled gently with my fingers before going to slice and pickle them. However half of them are soft and perfect and half of them are like wood? Size doesn't seem to make a difference. Some of the bigger ones are like soft butter and some the size of a golf ball are like woody stringy bullets. What's wrong? dpwilkins, Bray, Co Wicklow Posted: 28/07/2011


The chances are that some went to flower and seed and this makes them tough.


How to rid my beetroot of woodlice’

I have sown 2 rows of beetroot seed in a raised bed and found it alarming that half of them disappeared overnight. Then I saw a few (arghh!) woodlice in the bed. How do I get rid of them? Bloom406, , Co Dublin Posted: 29/04/2011


If beetroot seedling disappeared over night, it was probably snails.

To reduce woodlice, reduce sources of shelter.


beetroot sown in polytunnel last autumn

This beetroot survived the extreme frosts and has grown very well with mostly top leaves and the beetroot under ground is NOT maturing. I am feeding once a week with tomatoe feed. for the past 4 weeks. will i continue in this fashion or clear them all out as a lost cause. ANGIE, ROUNDWOOD, Co Wicklow Posted: 03/05/2010


That beetroot will soon flower and go to seed.

Beetroot is ready for use in about 10 to 12 weeks from sowing, spring for summer, summer for autumn.

Also it is an outdoor crop, no need to grow in a tunnel. More at: http://www.garden.ie/howtogrow.aspx?id=1006



Beetroot planted last October

I was given beetroot plants last october which i planted in my polytunnel. They have overwintered ok, and are growing. Will they produce beets this year, or should I take them out and plant new seedlings now? Velma, Portarlington, Co Laois Posted: 05/04/2009


Beetroot over-wintered is likely to go to seed soon. It is possible that they will form roots but only if they were small all winter.

Leave them be and sow some seeds now.

More at:  http://www.garden.ie/howtogrow.aspx?id=1006





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