Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Diggin' these phat beets

I'm not sure why these beets are so pink, but I am glad we are finally enjoying some success with one of my favorite root vegetables. The variety we're growing this year is called "Cylindra". It's a longer type, rather than the typical round beet commonly grown.

Beets looking good
The beets in the top photo were added to a batch of kimchi (along with some homegrown daikons, hot peppers and cabbages, plus store-bought turmeric, ginger and garlic) and are now happily fermenting in the fridge.

Beets also have nice greens, making them both a root and green vegetable. I'll have to take more pictures when I pull up this whole bed, which will be soon since the temperatures are rising.

For now, I'm letting them get as big as possible in anticipation of beet-pickling day.

Tomorrow I'll post a picture of some of our daikons - that's also been one of our nicest carryover crops from winter.

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At March 24, 2015 at 7:35 AM , Blogger Herrick Kimball said...

I love to see pictures of leafy green beets in the garden. Very inspiring. I still have 2 feet of snow on my upstate NY garden, but I will be ordering beet seeds this week. And I will be doing what you recommended in your excellent audiobook, "Survival Gardening Secrets".... I will order extra seeds, put them in a canning jar, and keep them in the refrigerator. A little seed bank... just in case. Better than money in a conventional bank, eh? The kimchi sounds good.

At March 24, 2015 at 2:04 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

I like beet greens on my sandwiches instead of lettuce. Turnip greens too.

At March 24, 2015 at 2:05 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

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At March 24, 2015 at 4:26 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

They've got to be better for you!

At March 24, 2015 at 4:26 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Thank you - I think it's wise. As for snow, I can't imagine that. I never even saw snow falling until I was in my mid 20s.


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