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  1. #1
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    Gardeners...anyone grow beets?

    How do you know when they are ready to harvest?
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    The tops of them will start poking through.

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    Wife says depends on if you want big beets or little beets
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    I like big beets and I cannot lie

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    ^^
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    2 months, give or take a week, after planting. Thinning is very important after the tops are about 5cm tall, as is making sure there is enough phosphorus in your soil.

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    I do it by size. I'm looking for a racquet ball sized beet. I also love beet greens, so sometimes I'll let some go longer. As said, thinning is key, and should give you a good indication of where you're at.

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    +1 judging their size by their tops poking out. Mid size is my sweet spot - snowball size +/-

    When they're 'ready' depends on what I'm doing with them. Some people think when they get too big it's the same amount of beetyness dispersed in a larger, more fiber-y vessel. ymmv.

    red > golden.

    I love beets.

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    I like Chioggia beets due to presentation, followed by any beet with discernable variegation. They look cool.

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    Get a 22 for the rabbits. Those fuckers love beet tops. They decimated my crop this past summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny P View Post
    Get a 22 for the rabbits. Those fuckers love beet tops. They decimated my crop this past summer.
    I can't "hunt" or discharge firearms in city limits. So I need something quiet and not technically a firearm. And we are thick with rabbits, although they stopped living under the porch once we got a cat. I am surprised that the foxes in the wooded area across the street don't do a better job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceman View Post
    Oh, don't you worry, I have a Wrist Rocket and some quality ammo. I really want a righteous hunting quality compact air gun with a shortish barrel and a night scope. Good ones are expensive.

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    Gardeners...anyone grow beets?

    Quote Originally Posted by riser3 View Post
    I can't "hunt" or discharge firearms in city limits. So I need something quiet and not technically a firearm. And we are thick with rabbits, although they stopped living under the porch once we got a cat. I am surprised that the foxes in the wooded area across the street don't do a better job.
    Hi powered pellet gun will work...

    https://youtu.be/fj5Aq7bz-tI
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    Quote Originally Posted by irul&ublo View Post
    Hi powered pellet gun will work...

    https://youtu.be/fj5Aq7bz-tI
    Overkill for wabbits???
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    Quote Originally Posted by riser3 View Post
    Overkill for wabbits???
    Dont think so, they can be wascally
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny P View Post
    Get a 22 for the rabbits. Those fuckers love beet tops. They decimated my crop this past summer.
    some city slickers who aren't allowed to shoot use a have-a-heart, then ice them .. remember, 1lb meat off each rabbit. Once they become the hunted, you'll enjoy savory meals and a noticeable lack of rabbits.

    Recommend the bunny pasta with a beet salad. PM for recipe.

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