Fruit & veg
Do Beetroot fork?
Fruit & veg
I'm aware that things like carrots and parsnips will fork if grown on newly manured ground, but does this also apply to beetroot? I grow the Cylindra variety for pickling.
Central Norfolk UK
I believe so ... I've never done it because of that.
“I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.”
Winnie the Pooh
I've never had forked beetroot (except when I'm eating it
), and I grow a lot of my beetroot in freshly filled raised beds, and trough containers at the end of the season for a last baby crop. I grow boltardy and something else that I can't remember, but they don't seem bothered by fresh compost.
I agree, never had a beetroot fork and I use a
of manure on the veg plot. Only issue I get with them is Beet Leaf Miners and occasional slug damage.
A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
Thanks all three. I think that's enough to give it a try.
Béziers, Herault, France
Mine seem to split - sometimes at the top, sometimes underneath. They still taste good though.
A couple of my parsnips have forked and the others seem to be straight - winter-manured ground and in the same row. I just scrub them with a brush and cut off the tails. They taste good too!!
A good hoeing is worth two waterings.