Posted on 09 February 2013 by urbangardencasual.com
Photo Credit: Beat Generation by Steve Mohundro used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
The other day, I was reading an article about the “new superfood.”
This superfood is neither spinach nor kale but instead a beautiful burgundy globe of nutritional delight.
With the most fanfare possible that can be drummed up for a vegetable, I would like to introduce you to the beat and not the beat you are hearing on the radio right now but instead the dual-purpose root vegetable loving called the beet.
Beets have a duality that many people are not aware of. First, young beets or beet sprouts can be enjoyed on salads way before they begin to form their lovely globe-shaped roots. This is a great use for those plucked seedling that you do not know what to do with when you thin out the crop.
Beyond sprouts, the beet’s harvest can consist of the greens or leaves above the root and/or the root itself. I have had many salads that combined sautéed beet greens with roasted beet roots.
Now that we have the base uses for beets, lets learn how to Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 31 August 2011 by urbangardencasual.com
Growing up in the country, I learned quickly how to work smarter not harder and this was true when it came to gardening.
While planting tomatoes, peppers, beans, and peas was rewarding, it only provided one crop and most of the time that crop came all at the same time.
There was not a lull between harvests where one could really enjoy the flavors of the season.
Pepper plants all seemed to bloom and fruit at the same time along with determinate tomatoes, and beans.
While peas are a typically a cool season crop, Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 23 September 2009 by urbangardencasual.com
By Vanessa Richins
“I plan to eat beets grown inside my kitchen in containers and would love any tips!”
Hi Vonnie. That should be a fun project!
For starters, make sure your container is deep. It should be at least 12″ deep. Since beets are root crops, the more room you can give them, the better.
Also, since a large root is being formed, the soil needs to be loose. Sand is the best soil for producing well-formed roots. Make sure there are no rocks or sticks that could make the roots grow strangely.
When you go to plant your seeds, it’s important to give them a good start in life. Plant them 1″ apart in your container. As Marie Iannotti points out, “Beet seeds can be slow to germinate, because of their tough outer shell. Soaking the seed clusters over night will help soften the shell and speed germination”.
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Posted on 22 May 2008 by urbangardencasual.com
By Michael Nolan
When I was pondering my own container garden at home for this season, I wanted to try a few things I hadn’t grown before.
When a trusted vegetarian friend extolled the virtues of growing the beet, I screwed up my face like I had just been fed a mouthful of lemon juice.
Then she invited me to dinner.
Who knew those things that my mother force fed me as a child (to be completely honest here — the woman cannot cook) could be so amazingly flavor-filled and jaw-droppingly delicious? (I almost said ‘magically delicious’, but I don’t want a lawsuit from General Mills). Read the rest of this entry »