Does anyone have any pointers to finding non-GMO, OP sugar beet seed? used to be a SSE member and had a yearbook but that's been awhile and my yearbook has disappeared so I cannot even look up someone who might still save that seed.
I just checked the SSE online catalog and it wasn't there...might it be for trade if I were a member? I have been thinking of becoming a member again...but then I would probably get more seeds and I already have a large plastic tote, (when they are all put in there...) full of seeds, now separated into sow dates, etc...annuals, perennials, warm season veggies, cool season veggies, and so on...
I think that I mentioned to you before that I got some "bio-char" on ebay...I really do not have the time or patience to make my own from "cowboy Charcoal", although I have smashed some of my own coal that emerged from our wood stove as we burn a lot of oak during the winter, and this spring as well, since the last snowfall was in May.
Let me know if you find this sugar beet as I would be interested as well. What were you planning on doing with it, if I may ask...??
Evelyn, I hope to grow a few sugar beets next year and try to make sugar (of some sorts, anyway). I just want to know if I can do it, LOL. and J.L. Hudson, Seedsman carries seed.
You should have a big box store like Lowe's near you? They carry/sell a real charcoal... used to be "Cowboy" brand but the bag I got recently for my grill is "Stubb's" brand... (I never think to save bigger charred pieces from the woodstove to use in my grill during the summers.)
I usually mix it with other amendments and broadcast by hand, then run my tiller set at about 4" to 5" deep. I like to do it in the fall so the winter freeze-thaw cycles take it deeper, as do the roots of my cover crop.
With the Global Weather Weirding, it's a little hard to say, but I think it helps. Actually where I think it helps best is giving the microbes a place that nurtures them; the microbes are the real workhorses of our soils.