I’m quite happy with the progress of the beet plants, even though we lost a couple along the way. The current survivors are growing very well, and I wonder if my potting concoction had anything to do with it.
When I decided to grow the beets in a planter, I wanted to give them every organic advantage possible. So, I grabbed all the potting mixes I had at that time and started with about 35% Indonesian burnt earth to 65% organic compost to get a consistency that I liked. Then, I added some volcanic soil because it’s got good nutrients in it, as well as a couple of scoops of coffee grounds. I combined them well before starting to fill the planter with this mix. Partway through, I sprinkled in some bonemeal, then filled the planter completely. I then watered the mixture well, and left it to “cook” for a few days before I transplanted the beet seedlings to their new home.
Since then, the plants have grown well. The few were lost because I didn’t keep the soil appropriately moist on hot days. Those that have remained seem to be very happy. There have been a couple of broken leaf stems due to the strong winds that blow by at times, but overall, I’m pleased with their progress.
Even the little plant that had broken off and was replanted as a cutting is doing well. Several new leaves are growing, and I’ve been intrigued to note that it’s branching out on one of the leaves as well.
Will we get harvestable beets from these plants? I’m waiting to find out!