Hi, I have a large organic garden. This year I grew two rows of beets. While...
Hi, I have a large organic garden. This year I grew two rows of beets. While weeding this past week I accidentally pulled a few of the beets and discovered that the beets had been eaten almost completely in half right below the soil line. I pulled all the beets in an effort to save what I had left and over 50% of the crop had been eaten. I didn't notice any insect activity or any burrowing marks so I'm wondering what has eaten all my beets and what can I do organically to prevent this problem next year. Thanks so much!
Ramsey County Minnesota
Damage to beet roots is usually caused by either mammal feeding - like voles or mice - or by wire worms. Here are a couple of links that describe these pests, and includes information about control:
Then there is the possibility of a disease problem:
I hope you can find the culprit that is damaging your crop. Please contact AaE again if you have further questions.