I’m Not Beet Yet!

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.

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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.

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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.

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6 responses

    • Really nothing like home-grown. My father tried some of my home-grown, home-made pickled beets the other day and he couldn’t believe how much better they tasted than the store bought variety. Makes it all worthwhile.

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