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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Beets



About beets:

It's almost impossible to grow a good beet in clay. Hard clay soils prevent root enlargement. Beets thrive in cool weather and can tolerate a light frost but not scorching heat. Garden beets must not be grown within several miles of a sugar-beets lest the two kinds become cross-pollinated, a condition ruining the purity of the seed of one or both kinds. Beet colors range from extremely dark purplish red to bright vermilion and to white.

The Sugar Beet is grown commercially for sugar production. Beet sugar accounts for 30% of the world's sugar production. Sugar beet plants are susceptible to rhizomania ("root madness").

Root beets are susceptible to Flea beetles, the Beet Webworm, Aphids, and the Beet Armyworm. When using a pesticide always follow cautions, warnings and directions.

Beets can be canned or pickled. Beets can be served in a salad with radish. Very small "baby" beets—radish-size immature roots that have been pulled to thin the farmer's rows—are a delicacy.

Brought to you in honor of "I Don't Have a Clue" day.

6 Comments:

Blogger Oh Crap said...

I'm so glad to know that there is such a thing as a Beet Webworm. I would like to capture one of those little varments.

June 18, 2006 1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

During daylight hours the adults hide beneath beet foliage. Adult webworms are readily observed when beet foliage is disturbed since they will make short flights within the field to find new hiding places.

Hmmmmm

June 18, 2006 2:04 PM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

Ugly little bugger.

http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/INSIMG/jd028coh.jpg

June 18, 2006 2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beets make me pee red, so I don't like em.

;-)

June 18, 2006 3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't like me no pickled beets. No way, no how.

June 19, 2006 12:02 AM  
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