Continuing with my theme of celebrating the successes I’ve been having in the garden, I thought it time to focus on the beetroots steaming ahead in their little sunny spot. So far my record with growing beetroot has been somewhat hit and miss, having first planted some in seed trays and then transplanted these into the garden. The vast majority died quite quickly and those that are still hanging on are certainly not my star pupils – they have a LOT to learn from their neighbours.
After advice from a number of people to forgot the seed trays and plant them direct, I had another go doing just that. They came up in a relatively short time and in good numbers so I was more than happy. Having learnt a lesson after growing turnips I braved up and did some rather brutal thinning allowing each plant room to grow, I hope, though looking at the photo above there do still seem to a couple quite close together. The remaining plants have continued their progress at a steady pace, not spectacularly quickly, but obvious enough for me to notice. I they are beautiful plants to look at, the combination of the glossy green and deep red of the stems is quite something isn’t it?
I think they’ll be ready to pick in about January and I’m already storing up ideas for using them. Once again I’ve taken no notice of Mr Good’s vegetable preferences, he claims to loath beetroot describing it as tasting of dirt. I’ll have to do something rather special with it to change his mind on this one. All going well I’ll also try to squeeze a second crop when I have some room in another bed.
I remember growing baby beets at high school and pickling them with Mum when I brought them home. They were delicious from memory so I hope I can recreate them, though I often find it impossible to get a dish I remember from childhood just right. It always seems different from what I had in my mind.