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Comment by Plinius on October 6, 2013 at 10:45pm

Thinking again:

It's not birds - the rucola and lettuce were left untouched.       Mice - not likely because of the cats. Moles - never seen them in concrete. But on top of the concrete are big loose tiles, far too heavy to lift, so I can only guess what lives beneath. Spiders, wood lice, bugs and creepy-crawlies and what do THEY eat?

Comment by Plinius on October 6, 2013 at 10:29pm

Beets - I like the smell of earth!

I have no idea what ate the young beetplants - the same something that ate Spud's or snails perhaps. It cannot be birds; my Luna is fierce enough to attack a crow.

My favorite beetroot recipe:

boiled beetroots, cooled down and diced

boiled potatoes, cold, diced (can be left out)

some mature goat's cheese, diced

a small onion, finely chopped

Mix, and make a dressing from some pesto, black pepper, olive oil and lemon juice. Mix and serve.

Comment by Sentient Biped on October 6, 2013 at 9:16pm

Beets... I want to like them !  But there's something about beet flavor, I can't seem to adapt to!

This grape has been giving me a fall show.  Most of my grapes' leaves just turn brown in the fall.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2013 at 1:45pm
Spud, I am with Patricia in liking pickled beets. They are a great favorite of mine, and they are so pretty on a plate of food. A treat for the eye and taste buds.
I would guess that starting beets in pots will not solve the problem. This is just a hunch, It is worth a try, however. My first option would be to protect them with a row cover.
You might try a row of radishes or other fast growing leaf plant, i.e. lettuce, and see if birds eat them. They love fresh greens. If birds peck at them when they are very young and before roots become too strong, the plant will lift out of the ground.
Beets go on my seed list for next spring.
We had the fourth straight day of light frost on the garage roof but not on tomatoes, yet.
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2013 at 1:33pm
Chris, I like your comments of your harvest and strange year. I have not a clue why your beets didn't grow. Do you have mice on your roof garden? Perhaps they nibble them, although that is just a guess. The only other thing I could imagine is moles, but it is highly unlikely that you would be bothered with them. What about crows, or other birds that like fresh greens? If that is the case, a light covering would protect them. Just another guess.
Beet greens are one of my favorite vegetables. I cut bacon into small pieces, cook it and set aside to drain. I add chopped onions to the bacon grease and lightly brown them. Set aside to drain. Pour off most of the fat, add a bit of sugar and brown ever so lightly, add the greens, bacon and onions, and pour in a splash of vinegar. I do the same with Swiss chard, turnip greens and spinach.
Comment by Patricia on October 6, 2013 at 1:19pm

I always make beet pickles as that's the only way we like them.

Comment by Plinius on October 6, 2013 at 7:41am

I didn't taste them, Spud, the packet said roots, not chards. But it's an idea, I'll try them this week. And that same something ate a lot of young beetroots here, it must be a traveller. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 6, 2013 at 7:22am

Chris, How does the yellow beet leaves taste?  

I like to grow beets just for the greens because I very much like the flavor.  The flavor of the roots don't do much for me, so I can take them or leave them.

I sowed a large row of beets this spring, but something ate them  all when they were 0.4 inch high.  Next year, I'll start them in pots and plant them in the garden when they are larger.

Comment by Plinius on October 6, 2013 at 12:12am

Those melons look good!

I found three tomatoes, stil green. I'm not sure about the right time to harvest, but the temperature is going down so I put them on a sunny window sill to ripen.

I sowed beetroots a few times this year. Most young plants disappeared without a trace but a white variety developed into strong healthy plants - and that's all they did! Not one beetroot! I'm still wondering what I did wrong.

Harvested and froze a lot of herbs, and had garlic from my roof garden the whole summer.

But it was a strange year: we had an unusually cold spring and after that everything happened two months late. The lime trees have just dropped their seeds and I I have gor a white phlox still blooming - I've never seen this in October!

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 5, 2013 at 3:41pm

OK, I get it now Joan.  Thanks for the hat-tip.

 

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