Beetroot tops eaten (boltardy)

by darryl waller

Hi There
I have grown beetroot (boltardy) for over 40 years and never had a problem this year I have enclosed my veg plot concrete base and breeze blocks cemented all round and small chicken mesh fitted but some thing has eaten the top part of the bulbs not the leaves that were exposed but not the ones that were covered with soil I thought maybe a mole but no mole hill in the plot could it be a mouse but nothing has ever eaten my beetroot before even without the enclosure maybe you might know I live in fife Scotland weather has been good south facing growmore feeding and chicken manure pellets. thank you.

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Aug 19, 2014
What's eating my beetroot NEW
by: ~ Megan

Squeak... looks like little mice teeth to me. Can you see any mice droppings nearby, or naughty mice with pink mouths?

If the mice are innocent, next bet is slugs... any pink slugs hiding under nearby old leaves?

Feb 12, 2015
Gnawed beetroot NEW
by: Sheana

We, too, have grown gnaw-free beetroot for years, but, like you, have had exactly the same experience this year, along with an explosion of mole activity. I think it is the mice that were responsible. Fingers crossed for this year's harvest...there's aye something, if you are a gardener. The year before, it was badgers, but we have got that one sorted.

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