If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. W. C. Fields
This evening I decided to once again take a close look at my beets and see if there were any I could salvage. It has been nearly the 60 days since I planted, so something should be harvestable. To my surprise, there were several beets worth picking that were not small and scrawny. In fact, they were what I consider the perfect size.
The seeds I planted said the beets would be about 3″. I only wanted them around 2″ – 2 1/2″ because after that they tend to be woody. Not a whole lot, but definitely enough to cook tomorrow and possibly have some fresh pickled beets with dinner.
There is such a difference between these home-grown beets and those I’ve bought in the produce department at our local grocery store. The smell was mouth-watering. The moment I pulled them from the ground, the tangy scent began to surround me. When I took them in the house and washed them — well, the whole kitchen smelled like beets. It was wonderful.
Once again though, I am getting ambitious. In reading on beets I was reminded that from planting to harvest it is about 59 days. This gives me more than enough to plant another crop. So you know what I did tonight? You got it — I planted 34 seeds in small seed pots along with a few more bean plants that also have around a 59 day till harvest time frame. This time I hope to remedy my mistakes.
How great it is to have even a few beets from my garden to enjoy. I also have a special plan for all the “slivers” of beets that didn’t mature to their full potential, more on that when I pull out all the beet plants to make room for the new seedlings once they sprout. I’m not giving up, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.