Planting, Growing, and Harvesting Beets
Beets are a nutrient-dense food considered especially beneficial for health. Learn more in “Beets: Health Benefits!”
1 tablespoon 3% hydrogen peroxide and 1 cup of water for 24 hours. Place a paper towel in a container fold it over pour mixture over paper towel until damp unfold the towel and spread seeds. fold towel again and add enough solution to keep damp over night.
In the summer I am suddenly bombarded with Japanese Beetles on my beautiful grape vines what will get rid of them and not harm my pets?
Japanese beetles are mature grubs that are in your soil. Use milky spore on your grass and soil (it’s organic). Spring is a great time to apply. It will kill the grubs and eliminate the Japanese beetles. There are some milky spore brands that only require one application
Wee had a pet duck. He loved them. We hold him and aim him at the beetles and they were gone. He would eat 150 or more a day. In a few days they were hard to find.
If you have time & not too many grape plants, you can hold a cottage cheese container that contains water & a drop of dish soap (about half full) under the beetles. Touch them & they will usually roll off the leaves & into the water. If you have too many for that, Raid flying insect spray works well on beetle clusters. Seven or Eight spray works well also. I always spray some Raid into my soapy water when I start just to make sure they don't escape. After you're done catching them, spray them again & after a few minutes they make great fertilizer in your flowerbed or compost bin.
I have beautiful beets. Large leaves and good size beets. I steamed a few today and they are very bland and not sweet at all. Is there anything I can do to make them sweet. I live in zone 10
It would appear that your soil has a suitable pH, if the beets are healthy but it’s still good to do a soil test. Another effect could be water stress. If the beets did not get sufficient water when growing the taste could be affected.
Cut off tops and roots. Boil smaller beets whole. Bigger ones you may need to cut in halves or quarters. Boil until done (tender), cool, slide skin off, slice.
Put sliced beets in an air-tight container with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper to taste. Serve cold. Great with falafel or any salad!:) Enjoy!
I find the Old Farmers' Almanac invaluable. The only problem is deciding which state is closest to England (where I live) in climate. Washington (Seattle) seems to be closest but the e.g. beetroot (outdoors) and pepper sowing times (indoors) and some other veg dates are a bit early. Could you point me at a particular area that may be closer? Thanks, yours, Hamish M.