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Old October 1, 2021   #1
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Location: Northern California
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Default My miserable attempt at growing sugar beets

I've grown (red) beets before without a problem. In the ground, not in containers.

This summer (constrained at my location to container gardening) I sowed a bunch of sugar beet seeds in a 7-gal. felt pot, on June 21. They had partial shade for most of the summer (tomato plants had priority) then moved them out into full sun late summer.

The plants never got that big, despite constant watering. They developed some sort of leaf disease that made the foliage look burnt and yellow (yellow spot disease spread by insects, I think).

Anyhow I had to pull them all out the other night. Most of them never developed real roots. I had a few that were the size and diameter of small carrots and they looked like miserable parsnips.

Better luck next time.
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