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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Beets and radishes

Beets - Early Wonder
Another new item to try. Per the instructions on the seed package, I soaked the seeds for 24 hours before putting them in the ground.  I then put three or four seeds in every hole - only planting 5 holes.  Just one row to give it a try.

Days to emerge:  4-21 days
The package says 4-21 days to emerge - which is a really wide spread!  It could be February 13th before I know whether any of these have germinated.

According to the info below, assuming they actually germinate, we would harvest them in March.

"For winter sowings in mild climates, harvest by March. Harvest when roots are anywhere from 1½" - 2½" in diameter. Do not let them get too big; the smaller they are, the more tender. Foliage can be harvested when 3"-6" tall. You can take as much as one third of a beet plant’s leaves without harming the root crop; leave at least 2" of foliage above ground level."

Radishes - Crimson Giant
I planted these last year, with some success.  Last year, I planted them waaay too close to each other, so many of them never developed.  This year, I followed the seed packet directions and planted 3-4 seeds five inches apart.  Hopefully we will have a better harvest this year!

Days to emerge:  5-10 Days
So, based on planting them today, we should see something by February 2nd.  

Days to harvest:  30 days (February 23rd)
This would be the first thing from the winter garden that I might be able to harvest (excluding the lettuce)

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