Category Archives: Beets

Beets

Of all the beets planted, only one made it through the Polar Vortices this winter.  We are having it for dinner tonight.  It was a chiogga.

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Adding:

Just because it’s pretty doesn’t mean it tasted any less like a beet.  Chioggas don’t have a lighter taste just because they are striped instead of being burgundy.  And the only way I eat them is roasted.  I think pickled beets are foul.

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Not a success

The pumpkins and squash have crapped out on us.  The pumpkin plants never got any size at all and the squash bloomed and died.

The garlic, however is coming up.  California Early is, indeed, the earliest.

The root vegetables and all the green leafies are doing well, too.

The broccoli is making heads but this may be our last year trying to grow it.  It’s just never very productive.   Climate in NC?  Variety?  Don’t know.  And the cauliflower isn’t even making heads.

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Fall Planting

Saturday (the 5th), Chuck refreshed a couple of beds with compost and planted 3 kinds of beets, carrots, turnips and a lettuce mix.

Kale, chard, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, arugula and cabbage were already started on August 15.

Almost all our seeds have come from Sow True Seeds or Southern Exchange Seed Exchange.  BUT, Chuck has started saving seeds.  So, I’m trying to make notes of what we have purchased so I can remember varieties later, because some have worked better for us than others.

The beet varieties are Chiogga (ST), Early Wonder (ST)  and Detroit Dark Red (ST) .

The turnip is White Egg (SESE).

Carrot is Danvers (SESE).

Brussels sprouts are Long Island Improved. (ST)

Leaf lettuce is Salad Bowl blend from Botanical Interests

Cabbage is Charleston Wakefield (ST).

We have Fordhook Giant (ST) Swiss Chard (and it really is giant.)

Kales are Dwarf Siberian (ST), Red Russian (ST)  and Lacinato/Dinosaur (SESE).

Brocollis are Umpqua and diCiccio (both SESE).

Cauliflower is Snowball, Self-Blanching (SESE).  I love cauliflower so we keep trying but it hasn’t been very successful in past years.

We have Baby Butternut winter squash (SESE) and Small Sugar pumpkins (ST) blooming now.

Spinachs will be Bloomsdale (SESE) and Winter Giant (ST).  Tat soi (High Mowing Organic Seeds) and mizuna (ST) are going in soon, too.

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