Fenton Friday: You Can't Beet Them!

Badger Flame Beets
‘Badger Flame’ Beets

Beets 'Chioggia'

‘Chioggia’ Beets 


We pulled the Beets this week that were planted earlier this year by the spring interns. I do not like to eat beets myself, but have to admit their colors are amazing–practically glowing!


Elsewhere in the plot, the Okra seedlings are already up as are the Marigold seedlings and Cucumber seedlings, the latter of which we thinned to the best few plants per hill.


We also pinched out the flowers on the Basil plants so they would grow bushier.


I finally pulled the Peas and planted some Beans in their space–‘Burpee’s Tenderpod’ bush beans. I also planted a hill of Icebox Watermelon ‘Sugar Baby’ seeds and out in a couple of Potato ‘Clancy’ seedling plants, next to the potatoes I had already put in. I have never started potatoes with a plant before rather than a tuber, so I am eager to see how they compare.

I also tucked in a Rosemary ‘Arp’ into one of the plot corners as I never could find a good spot for it.

The bunny deterrent I spread around the Sweet Potato slips seemed to be working as they are leafing out again and hopefully will recover well enough.

Back home, I planted Pumpkin ‘Blue Prince’ seeds in a side bed that I  am crossing my fingers it gets enough sun there for these to develop. I wanted them at the plot too, but just couldn’t find the room for a another vining plant that may reach out 7 ft. in diameter in a 10×20 plot!

What are you growing and harvesting this week in your edible garden? 

About Fenton Friday: Every Friday during the growing season, I’ll be giving you an update on my community garden plot at the Fenton Street Community Garden just across the street from my house in zone 7 Mid-Atlantic MD/DC border. I’m plot #16. It is a 10 ft x 20 ft space and this is our 8th year in the garden. (It opened in May 2011.) See past posts about our edible garden by putting “Fenton” into the Search box above.