Smallest beetroot in Britain

beetroot seedlingsWell these are pretty shit, aren’t they?

I sowed them in April. By now they should be double this size… maybe bigger. It’s been so hot and dry they never stood a chance. Half never even germinated – and I’ve never seen rows of Bolthardy beetroot with a third of the expected plants missing.

I’m watering almost every day at this point. That’s a July/August regime. Yet I’m barely making a dent in the arid conditions.

Nothing’s growing. By dint of massively soaking the spuds once a week, I’ve just about kept them going. Most everything else is sulking, unable to put on any growth through lack of water.

It’s all very gloomy.


14 Responses to “Smallest beetroot in Britain”

  1. JerryC Says:

    Two words SM; Drip system.

    Two sentences; It changed my life. You will not believe the results.


  2. Soilman Says:

    Funny you should say that, Jerry: I’m trialling a dripper pipe on the maincrop potatoes for the first time this year. Initial results promising: they’re the only ones I’m finding it easy to keep moist…

  3. Tanya Walton Says:

    My beetroot that I sowed looks abysmal too SM…though it wasn’t boltardy this year so I think that is the main route of my problem!!!…Still there is hope for it yet……I will be devastated if I don’t get plenty to eat….still haven’t watered my plot though!!

  4. Jody Says:

    We use t-tape in our garden. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. But if you come across the pond to our zone PA, MA, OH, everyone is complaining about rain, rain, rain (as I’m sure you’ve heard). I don’t even have our watering system set up yet.

  5. mediaOrganic Says:

    I agree with JerryC. The only way that I could keep up with watering my garden was to install a 7 zone irrigation system that I can feed from either my rain barrels or the public water supply. Here is a post from last year when it was a piddling 3 zone system.

  6. Beth Says:

    And all of that is fantastic, but when one is growing on a ‘watering can only’ allotment (or, frankly, a budget…) ones options are fairly limited!

    *is very jealous, all the same*

  7. Soilman Says:

    I sympathise, Beth: we had the ‘watering can only’ policy until this season. Now we’re allowed to use the hose and it’s blissful, marvellous and rapturous….

  8. carrie Says:

    big hugs Soilman – you need to up sticks and move here to NIreland – it’s damn rainy. xxx

  9. Soilman Says:

    Yeah, I guess rain’s never in short supply on your turf Carrie. This year I’m definitely longing for Irish conditions…

  10. Jaette Says:

    Your beets are up! My peas have just started to get tendrils and my spinach finally has its first true leaves. Of course, in my case the last snowfall was less than a month ago. Still, I’d take beet seedlings. Even piddly ones.

    My bigger concern at the moment is if I’ve placed the chiles out too early. It’s not yet June. I may still have another frost coming my way.

    By the way, thanks for adding me to your Blogroll. I feel so elite.

  11. Matt Richmond Says:

    I thought it was just mine, and down to my crap gardening! I’ll keep watering then!

  12. Simon Says:

    I would love a watering can only policy if water were provided. We get exactly what we can collect from the shed roof (hence my roof extension aka Schleppdach). I have had no water at all except a dribble or two from the neighbours for three weeks now. Pah. But my beetroot are looking fine.

  13. Damo Says:

    Having veg in the garden I’m fortunate to be able to give everything a good soaking whenever it’s needed but since having a shared plot in the next village I’ve noticed the effects on germination and growth rates. I was hoping we’d get the traditional bank holiday downpour but nothing so far.

  14. Beth Says:

    Simon, I think I would probably not have an allotment if that were the case here- Essex (dry)I have a butt (!) but I’d used most of it up by the time the water was switched on here in mid April.

    Soilman, I am even greener with envy. Damn you and your hose!