Garden and white beetroot.18.Apr.2012 001

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Comment by Jude Simpson on April 23, 2012 at 6:55pm

Thank you so much Jordan, that would be brilliant.

If I add you as a friend then I will be able to email you my address.  Are there seeds that I may have that you would like?

Today I planted Mustard greens, more beetroot, red spring onions, leeks, broccoli, cabbage, cauli and Marigolds to keep the beasties away.  Thank you for your comment. 

Comment by Jordan Healey on April 23, 2012 at 6:29pm

Albino Beetroot, a very nice, crisp and tasty heirloom beet! Doesnt stain either. If you are interested, i can send you some seeds, although they are in a mix. I have in the mix, Albino, Burpees Golden, Bulls Blood and Tondo di Chioggia.

No need to send any seed to Lincoln or Massey U, it is actually quite common. I didnt really beleive it, until i told my neighbours, and they all said 'My dad used to grow that!'

Comment by Jude Simpson on April 20, 2012 at 7:08pm

We seem to have similar ideas about gardening.  I have been digging trenches and putting the veg peelings straight in with lupins and sheep pellets.  Then later, water seedlings with worm pee just to make sure!

It took me a couple of years to come to terms with moon planting, but can now see a huge improvement in growth and harvest.  My third planting of beans has just reached the top of the bamboo, and yellow cherry toms are still fruiting and covering the Feijoa trees.  Of course this could  also be caused by a late summer.

Ate Albino beetroot for dins tonight and it was sweet and nutty.  Sure hope I can save seeds.

Next week will be my big planting week. This week I cultivated and fed the soil.

Comment by Rex Morris on April 19, 2012 at 6:40pm

Hi Jude

I purchased the plants from Mitre10 in Whangarei. They will have one nursery they source their plants from so guess it came from same place as yours.  Unfortunately I pulled them out before they went to seed.

I don't follow the moon planting cycle. I have looked at this from time to time and when part of a sustainable garden course we looked at this but I have not taken it up. I plant continuously to get succession through each season. At the moment I plant winter vege plants -cauli, bro, leeks, cabbage, celery, every fortnight. Also plant carrots a little less often but more at once.

I try to use organic methods and have a strong focus on composting. I do have a very large ornamental garden as well as the veges and this generates huge quantities of green and brown material so my composts are quite large. I have three on the go and just about finished digging out a 4th.  I also trench compost in the raised gardens and make heaps in other pasrts of the vege garden by layering loads of green waste, adding lime and topping with a 30cm layer of grass clippings. I plant directly into these 2-3 months later.

Comment by Jude Simpson on April 18, 2012 at 10:08pm

Hi Rex,

I believe it is a beetroot as the leaves are consistent with size and shape, just missing the red veins in the leaves.  Interesting that you also had two of these.  Did you buy yours from Kings plants or Mitre10 Lincoln Road Hsn.  If yours are still growing, try and save seed.  Maybe Lincoln / Massey Uni would be interested. I am planning to cook one to check on taste.  Thanks for your comment.

Comment by Rex Morris on April 18, 2012 at 7:06pm

I had two of these in a punnet of beetroot plants I bought. I didn't have the courage to try eating them and didnt get around to asking anyone about them. Are they actually beetroot?  Or something else ?

Comment by Jude Simpson on April 18, 2012 at 8:48am
Harvested this white beetroot yesterday. There are two in a punnet of six.
Will save other for seed. Must be an albino?

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