A few days ago when out in the garden I noticed one of the beetroot plants was lying on the ground rather than in it. It was one of the larger beets at that time and could be lifted out for consumption. That is what I did rather than attempt to re-bed it. I took it indoors and cooked it (previous post). A few days later I decided three other beets were ready for harvest too so I collected them, prepared and cooked them before putting them in jars with vinegar diluted with the now red water they had been cooked in. They taste almost exactly the same as the commercially produced variety when done this way.
The jar was purchased with pickled beetroot in it so was the ideal container for my home-grown beets. No point in removing the old label, I just applied another over it as you can see. This time I was able to fill two jars of the same size with the three beets I had cooked. There are several more plants in the garden, probably twenty, so it means another six jars to find maybe, unless I can eat the contents of the two just filled. Actually we do have a few suitable jars stored away though not all the same size. Of course the beetroot can be eaten freshly cooked but I prefer it pickled. Soon we shall be digging out potatoes too. They can be stored if done correctly but no doubt they will be eaten soon after we have dug them out. I love new potatoes with lashings of butter melting over them and perhaps a little mint or what about slices of pickled beetroot? Yummy!
Well okay it is a little early for harvest but that all depends upon the crop. I am told by E that there are many crops which can be grown at unspecified or preferred times, within reason of course. Crops such as wheat, corn, barley and potatoes are usually grown in season, that is they have a starting point for sowing which is limited. That is because the crop takes time to grow and if sown too late in the year will end up immature at the normal harvest time and be useless. Potatoes have a long growing season, that is they can be planted early or a little later and still produce a crop. Cabbages are another example. E tells me that beetroot can be grown almost throughout the year and I imagine it can for it grows to maturity quite quickly making it possible to have several crops throughout the normal growing season. We planted both potatoes and later beetroot and both are doing very well. Both pictures were taken a couple of weeks ago. The first shows one of the areas where we planted beetroot and you can see how well it has done in a matter of a few weeks. In case you don’t know which plants are the beetroot they are two in number and are at the near left side. Behind them stands the small Phoenix Canariensis (Palm tree) and to the right is a chrysanthemum or ‘Mum’ not yet in bloom.
As the picture was taken about two weeks ago the beetroot now as I write is twice the height and the root is almost ready to harvest. The second picture shows the potato plants beginning to flower.
They too have grown higher since the picture was taken. Rhubarb is growing at the back of this bed on the right in the picture. So in the next few days I hope to harvest some of the beetroot. The other beetroot plants are all at different stages of growth and are dotted about the garden. the potatoes have a few weeks to go before we will consider collecting the crop. It takes almost no effort at all to grow these crops. As long as they are kept well watered there should be no problems. The apples are coming along fine too despite the lack of rain we’ve had recently. It is nice to see a harvest for our efforts nevertheless.