Beetroot seed bounty... and Happy New Year!

01 January, 2013

Today I tamed the beetroot forest that was taking over a part of the front yard.


As you can see quite a few beetroots had gone to seed. Some were tall beetroot seed trees, others had fallen and were sprawling along the ground, where I had many times had to twist and turn them back into the garden area and away from the paths that they wanted to take over.

But now the seed was starting to get dry and needed to be harvested.


So harvest I did.


I now have a mountain of beetroot seed which will dry out a bit further and then get packaged up for storage. But I have more beetroot seed than I could possibly need. If anyone would like some please feel free to email me - rsstie [at] gmail [dot] com - and I'll send you as much as you like. It comes from a beetroot that once was Bulls Blood but I've grown many varieties and it may not be entirely true to type, but I expect it will be beetrooty none the less.

I sowed some of the seed (or couldn't be bothered picking the seeds that fell out from the ground) in the same spot, and will move the bearded iris' that don't really seem to be enjoying that spot.


But now at least there is no fear of beetroots taking over the world.

8 comments:

  1. Wow, I have never let beetroot go to seed. What an intriguing form it has on the stem. I will be emailing you for sure - love beetroot.

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    1. I only let it go to seed because I was too lazy to harvest it and off it went.

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  2. Can I ask - How long did it take to produce seed? My silverbeet bolted ages ago but the seed is not showing any sign of maturing.

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    1. These started going to seed back in early October (my excessive garden photo taking seems to have had a purpose at long last) and probably could have been harvested a couple of weeks ago before it really dried out.

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  3. Hi Bek; Happy New Year, and thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. I had not previously been aware of your blog, but now that I have seen it I shall hopefully be visiting often, since we seem to share a few interests (maybe not thr martial arts though!). I see that you are familiar with the blogs of Hazel, Liz and Co. so you are definitely in good company!

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    1. Not a problem, thanks for commenting here and welcome. Don't worry, this blog is purely gardening - the martial arts is a whole other area and never the twain shall meet.

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  4. Impressive amount of seed. Have you had luck growing the yellow beetroot? I must get better at seed harvesting

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    1. I have golden beetroot (Burpees Golden) growing at the moment and it seems to grow ok for me, but I don't think its as tough as regular red beetroot. I've also grown choggia (the one with the concentric circles of red - very pretty raw but loses its looks when cooked) and sugar beets which grew massive roots and I did absolutely nothing with except put them in the compost. But it was interesting watching them grow...

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