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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Da Vine – Moving a Mature Grape Vine

Making big changes (again) in my overall garden plan. This time it involves pulling back on my grand plan:  to grow everything for everytime from everywhere…and concentrate on my own personal (lifestyle) pleasure. Call me foolish, call me old. In practical terms this means that I am pulling out the failed grape trellis (which was created after the failed grape arbor that was consumed, leaf by leaf by the Japanese Beetles and the Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs). All tolled, the horseshoe pit brought a whole lot more to my life than those high maintenance grape vines did. Of course nothing is simple in this life. Three of the four grape vines were stone cold dead, but one lived (we had …

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