We’ve Got The Beets!

The beet seeds I planted not even a week ago are already sprouting.  Looks like I’ll definitely get my chance to try growing these again and hopefully not make the same mistakes.

 

Beet Sprout

Beet Sprout

More tiny beet plants.

More tiny beet plants.

I planted one seed per section in the trays I confiscated from a neighbor’s trash and you can see from one seed three plants have spouted in several of the compartments.

 

This is great!  If I am lucky enough to have three plants from each seed, then the 30 seeds I planted could yield me 90 plants — 90 beets.  That would be wonderful.  I’d have enough to can pickled beets for the next year and possibly have some left over to experiment with a few other recipes.

As for the beet plants that I transplanted, it looks like they are growing.  At least the leaves are.  I’m not sure if the beet portion of the plants are going to get any bigger, but regardless, once the sprouts are large enough to be transplanted, all the beets in the current beet section are going to be harvested.  I should be able to tell if there was any growth and if there was, I’ll know what to do if I miss some plants when I thin them next year.

The beet I transplanted about a week ago.

The beet I transplanted about a week ago.

The leaves are at least growing. I hope this means the beet is too.

The leaves are at least growing. I hope this means the beet is too.

I’m going to wait at least a week before transplanting the new beet spouts.  I can’t wait to get the new crop in the ground and watch it grow.  The forecast here in Michigan calls for heat and sun with rain late in the weekend — perfect for tender new sprout, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.

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