Transplanting Beets

A hundred to a hundred and fity years ago transplanting beets was not uncommon close to the big Northeastern cities, where there was near year round demand for fresh produce.  Market gardeners forced plants into early production using “hotbeds” fueled by manure they brought back from the center cities after delivering their produce. They even had special vegetable varities for “forcing.” Nice system, if you can maintain it…and internal combustion remains a niche market. (Many of these older varieties are now attracting attention as market gardeners move toward the widespread use of “high tunnels.” (7.5MM results from Google in 0.47 seconds) Beets are just about the only “true” root crop that can be transplanted, and using a few tricks from …

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A Tale of Two Kales

It was the best of kales; it was the worst of kales. (Where the Dickens did I read that?) I was watering yesterday and gave little attention to the stray kale (Lacinato) that had somehow gotten in with a patch of garlic . What I did notice, though, having just moved from watering the Brassica bed, was that there were no flea beetle holes in its leaves. NONE.   Yet the same variety, fifteen feet away (and surrounded by other Brassicas) was too pitiful for the table.   Its pretty well known that diverse plantings make crops plants harder for pests to find, and of course there is a wide belief in particular companion planting combinations. I haven’t found most …

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Squash Experiment

Most gardeners — and even gardeners’ friends — know about the zuchinii glut. Oh, yes! But there is a second squash “problem,” too, and that is the way the plants get out of hand and block nearby paths as they vine out…yes, they call them a bush plant, but mine get at least four or five feet long, and that is way too big for a three foot raised bed garden! This year I am going to find a solution.

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