For some reason, I CANNOT grow radishes or beets to save my life. I always
thought radishes were an idiot's delight, growing fast and big for even the
blackest thumb. But after two months, my radishes still weren't very big.
The beets never filled out either--they sprouted and then just sat there for
months until I finally pulled them up and threw them away so I could grow
something else there. I gave them a lot of water, and the soil is very
loose, so I just don't get it.
I am not asking for advice, since I don't really like radishes or beets
anyway, but I thought it was funny how miserably they grow for me!
Soft soil, plenty of P & K, and no litter in the bed before plants come
up. Charlie was bragging on his French breakfast radishes last year, so
I tried them and they are growing fine. That enough variables for you?
"For the first time in the history of the world, every human being
And have they reached eatin' size yet?
I just finished the last ones in the fridge, along with a hardboiled
egg and a piece of toasted wholegrain with butter and a glass of iced
Lettuce know what you think of them. Some of ours were quite large
without being woody, pithy, or hot. They are definitely our favorite
I neglected my succession planting routine and am now going to be
without for three weeks...grrrrr.
What do I know of man's destiny? I could tell you more about
radishes. --- Samuel Beckett
I've had good luck with beets. Just tossed them on the ground and
Just curious, how much nitrogen is in your soil? Nitrogen is associated
with leafy green plants, but too much nitrogen keeps the plant growing
when it should be making fruit.
"The potential difference between the top and bottom of a tree is the
reason why all trees have to be grounded..." -- Bored Borg on
"Puckdropper" <puckdropper(at)yahoo(dot)com> wrote in message
I'm not sure. The soil on the top layer is a commercial mix, but it doesn't
have fertilizers or anything in it. Previously, that bed was planted in
corn, and then I piled some dead leaves on it in the fall.
For what it's worth, I've tried growing radishes inside, in little plastic
flats, and they don't grow there either.
'Suzanne D.[_2_ Wrote:
> ;848608']For some reason, I CANNOT grow radishes or beets to save my
> life. I always
> there for
That is so odd!!!
my radishes grow crazy fast, almost as easy to grow as weeds. will be
doing beets next year but never had a problem with them growing as a
kid with my dad.
only thing i can thing, when i make my tiny trough to sow the seeds in,
i put some compost in there to give the seeds a good boost to get going.
That's kind of funny as I have the same problem w/ cucumbers, which should
be SO easy to grow. Every time I try they just konk out on me w/ very
little production. Yeah, I should probably check my soil, but everything
else grows like gangbusters.
I can't help asking why you grow them if you don't like them and/or don't
eat them. I don't grow or eat radishes but do grow beets. They're one of
the easiest plants to grow in sunny fertile soil. This year most of my
garden is "behind" due to the constant rain and lack of sunny warm days.
On Mon, 1 Jun 2009 13:22:53 -0600, "Suzanne D."
I've been thinking about this the last couple of days off and on and I
have to side with Billy on this. I think you either have a shortage of
P and/or K in your soil.
Beets want calcium. For a quick fix, save your eggshells and grind
them in a blender with water and pour that in a small area and plant
your beets. It might put enough calcium in the soil quickly enough to
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