When I first thought about growing a home garden I have to admit beets were not at the top of my list. Little did I know that when you grow your own beets there are many new varieties packed with flavors you won’t find at local markets or in a purchased can. In today’s post we will research the different varieties to grow in home gardens, how to grow them, when to harvest and some awesome recipes to enjoy featuring beets.
Varieties To Grow
Below are images of the beets grown by friends of mine and in my own garden. This vegetable is loaded with great vitamins and are super easy to grow in most home gardens. Below is a list of varieties I find interesting and have grown or tasted at local farm events.
I thought I was making a mistake when I grew my beets super close together in a large container in my geodesic bio dome this past spring but after making the recipe below I was totally wrong! Instead of throwing the beet leaves in the compost after realizing you should have thinned them so they had space to grow you can use the greens in this amazing recipe and serve them with your favorite meal. We served this beet green recipe up with fried chicken and it was amazing!
Roasted and tossed in a salad or pickled and enjoyed on its own: beets are a great way to add nutrient to your diet as shown in the chart below.
Beets By Janet
Beets can be grown for a late Autumn harvest as well as in the Spring. Below Janet Cassidy used late harvest beets roasted and served for dinner. The gold beets I gave her from my garden during a visit. I have to admit I was having more fun growing them at the time then figuring out what to cook up with them. ‘Crispy and sweet, roasted beets are a quick side that pairs well with a variety of meats or as the star of a meatless meal’ shares Janet on her blog post featuring this roasted Beet Recipe. Janet also shared with me during the latest Spade to Spoon presentation that she pickles her beets in the Spring. Be sure to check out the great recipe for Pickled Beets .
Spade to Spoon: Beets
Every week Janet and I meet up to chat about what we are growing and harvesting. During today’s presentation, I was inspired to get more beet seed growing in my home garden even though it is early July. The Chioggia beet I’m growing only takes 55 days! I hope you will check out the presentation below and be sure to join us on Spade to Spoon this summer.
Spade to Spoon Live at: https://youtu.be/sHPvJBThiE8
Have you ever grow beets? I’d love to hear what you enjoy to create as a meal using the beets so be sure to comment below. I also invite you to connect with me on my contact page on my contact page featured on this website.
Happy Growing and Cooking it Up,