Ask a Question forum: Root Vegetables not growing

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St. George, UT
Jun 22, 2017 9:07 PM CST
We planted potatoes and beets. The greens came up and did fairly well. Then the greens eventually started to die. When we dug around to see if there were any potatoes, there were none! The beets were transplanted, and when we checked them, there was nothing. Does this mean that there are no nutrients in the soil?
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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Jun 22, 2017 9:23 PM CST
When did you plant? Those are traditionally cold weather vegetables.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Jun 23, 2017 12:41 AM CST
I have success growing Yukon Gold Potatoes in tubs of half sand and half potting soil with 2-6-6 fertilizer 2x per year. When the tops die down in June and 2nd planting maturing in October, I dump the tubs in a wheelbarrow and hand-sift the potatoes out. I get about 5 pounds for every one pound I plant.

Beets are trickier. They want cool Summers and I don't have that in MD. The best I get is something the size of a large radish. There are some things you just can't grow well in some places.

A quick search says they grow best in California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.

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