Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Garden Blogger's DEATH Day for September -beet fail

The end of the month is here, already, with the change in the weather upon us. I have been harvesting the veggies, and as I scrubbed my ENTIRE beet crop, I decided it would be the appropriate thing to share for Death Day.
Garden Blogger's Death Day was instituted by Kate and Crew at Gardening without Skills.
Don't miss the fun, head on over and see what's up (or not up).
You can see, not much there. Not total death, but the next puny thing to it.
And why, oh why, did the beets do so poorly?
Perhaps because they had to grow in the shadow of these volunteer cosmos?
Nah.. that couldn't be it.
Must be some other problem.
Every year I vow to be merciless to the volunteers (sunflowers, cosmos, dill weed) in my vegetable garden. Every year I fail.


donna said...

Muum, I'm not a fan of eating beats and this photo does nothing to change my mind:) Luv how you used the knife and quarter for size comparison. You're anything but a merciless gardener and that's why the volunteer sunflowers, cosmos and dill keep returning. They know they're safe at your place.

Lzyjo said...

Oh, it's not so bad, I grew beets last year and they cracked open, turning black/grey and mushy and infested with little white crawling things. Disgusting. I have even worse luck with carrots!! Root vegs are very hard to grow imho.

Daphne said...

Dill is one of my self sowers. I let too much of it grow up too (I like lots for the swallowtails), but at least I pull some out to eat so it does get a bit thinned. This year it started invading the perennial border. There I was pretty good about getting rid of it.

Kate and Crew said...

Oh dear me. What a shame. I, too, am not a fan of beets, but I'll admit that I don't know many ways to eat them. I'm embarrased to admit that I've only eaten...ahem... canned beets served cold with a salad. LOL. Are there better ways to eat them? I'd grow them if I knew of a better way to serve them up! I'd love some ideas!

Thanks so much for participating in GBDD!!!!!

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

It's hard to pull up something useful that has just volunteered to make your life wonderful. I once had a single hollyhock volunteer by my front door. It stayed for two years and gave me joy every day of summer and fall. And then it left. it was a difficult two years and it brought me a bit of joy.