greeting from rural oxordshire

We love hearing from you, so here is your chance. Introduce yourself and tell us what makes you selfsufficient 'ish'. Go on don't be shy, we welcome one and all. You can also tell us how you heard about us if you like.
Post Reply
emmak
margo - newbie
margo - newbie
Posts: 4
Joined: Mon Apr 11, 2005 9:21 pm

greeting from rural oxordshire

Post: # 1859Post emmak
Mon Apr 11, 2005 9:24 pm

I have just planted up a raised bed garden and found you while surfing the web for beetroot information. I've tried to grow veg before but havent really got anywhere, am increasingly interested in growing my own food but small steps first ! great site

emma

User avatar
Andy Hamilton
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 6631
Joined: Tue Oct 26, 2004 11:06 pm
Location: Bristol
Contact:

Post: # 1862Post Andy Hamilton
Mon Apr 11, 2005 10:12 pm

Hello Emma welcome to the site.

I am growing two types of beetroot this year and should hopefully have at least 50 plants. I find that it is really easy to grow so hopefully you should have some luck this year, I have my fingers crossed for you.
First we sow the seeds, nature grows the seeds then we eat the seeds. Neil Pye
My best selling Homebrew book Booze for Free
and...... Twitter
The Other Andy Hamilton - Drinks & Foraging

User avatar
wulf
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1184
Joined: Sat Mar 19, 2005 8:41 am
Location: Oxford, UK
Contact:

Post: # 1869Post wulf
Tue Apr 12, 2005 9:19 am

I grew beetroot last year and found it worked really well. Most of mine came out pretty small (I'm sure I didn't thin them out early enough) but they were edible and very tender (being small also kept down the cooking time).

It's a great plant and also very ornamental in it's own way (beautiful leaves).

What variety of beetroot are you growing?

Wulf

emmak
margo - newbie
margo - newbie
Posts: 4
Joined: Mon Apr 11, 2005 9:21 pm

Post: # 1872Post emmak
Tue Apr 12, 2005 11:18 am

I'm growing boltardy and a white beetroot i got from www.realseeds.co.uk
Really getting into beetroot - made the soup off this site last night - it was great

User avatar
wulf
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1184
Joined: Sat Mar 19, 2005 8:41 am
Location: Oxford, UK
Contact:

Post: # 1873Post wulf
Tue Apr 12, 2005 11:23 am

I think boltardy was the variety I grew. No beets this year (too many other things to try) but I'm probably going to attempt a few different varieties next year.

Wulf

User avatar
Muddypause
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1905
Joined: Mon Apr 11, 2005 4:45 pm
Location: Urban Berkshire, UK (one day I'll find the escape route)

Post: # 1876Post Muddypause
Tue Apr 12, 2005 11:56 am

I had success with beetroots last year. I tried pickling some of them, but that didn't work out - they started to fizz as if fermenting after a few weeks of storage, and grew a sort of white scum. I think the lesson there is not to use Asda's cheapest vinegar.
Stew

Ignorance is essential

User avatar
wulf
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1184
Joined: Sat Mar 19, 2005 8:41 am
Location: Oxford, UK
Contact:

Post: # 1879Post wulf
Tue Apr 12, 2005 1:18 pm

I just revelled in the novelty (for me) of getting beetroot fresh out of the ground! I didn't have enough of a glut to need to get into preserving them but there was sufficient crop to count as a success (and to share a little with friends).

Wulf

Post Reply