Planting beets for greens

Beets

It’s spring. Sorta. It’s gotten above freezing a few times and the snow is mostly gone. In sunny spots, the ground isn’t really frozen any more. I’m itching to plant – got the cold frame up last week and put some spinach, broccoli, and kale in – but those will take weeks to get enough size on them to even nibble on.

So I’ve pulled out my secret weapon: grocery store beets. I bought a few organic beets at the co-op yesterday and poked them into the ground last night. The beet root has enough energy stored in it to push out the first leaves well before a seed could – heck, if you leave a beet in the crisper drawer long enough, it’ll sprout right in your fridge.  If you pop them in the ground, they’ll start putting out leaves as soon as they are able, and a few frosts won’t do them much harm. They will be the first greens you eat this year – perhaps even before spinach you’ve over-wintered. And if you didn’t try to overwinter anything, it’s not too late! You can still have early, early greens.

And have something productive to do with those old beets in the back of the crisper drawer.

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1 Comment

  1. Suzie said,

    March 18, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Hi! Found a local magazine of potential interest to you:
    http://www.ediblewow.com
    (wow stands for wayne, oakland, washtenaw…)
    Our office has a print copy of the recent edition which I can try to get my hands on if you’re interested.


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