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We Won't Be Beet!

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

We Won't Be Beet!

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Pictures and account from the ocean are forthcoming! Tomorrow, I hope.

The first of the summer harvest is coming in. We got our first eggplant (from a variety of plant called Littlefingers--so, naturally, we've named the plant Petyr Baelish), lots of peas, and seemingly endless greens. The first tomatoes and peppers are getting ready to ripen, the popcorn's getting tall, and we have our first female squash blossom.

And we have beets.

Bobby made a separate root vegetable garden this year. We haven't grown beets in the past for the simple reason of not having enough room for them when we have several good local sources for them. This year, we had the room so ...

Now we have beets.

Seriously, the one looks like those giant turnips you used to throw at the enemies in Mario Bros. 2 for the NES. Only it's a beet, of course.

I've no idea how a beet this large will taste. Some veggies go down in quality if they get too big. Luckily, our harvest included plenty of normal-sized beets as well.

Bobby posted these pictures on Facebook too, where he notes that these were grown organically, so no chemical fertilizers: just a springtime application of blood meal, compost, and grass clipping mulch.



This post was originally posted on Dreamwidth and, using my Felagundish Elf magic, crossposted to LiveJournal. You can comment here or there!

  • You guys are so cute. Say 'hi' to Bobby for me. I feel beet, but your pictures made me smile.
    • Bobby says "hi" back! :)

      Hope tomorrow brings cooler weather so you can beet this awful heat!
      • Hooray!~ It has actually fallen to the high 80s already. But I cannot feel it yet.
        • Ugh. That's still hot. It was in the low 70s when we were driving to work this morning. (Actually, I think it was a very humane 68F at home.) *pushes it in your direction*
  • By gum, those are monsters! The beets, that is. :^) I usually eat them at a smaller stage, but hey, if you have a pressure cooker, steam them in that, then puree them for some sorta soup or other. I love beet greens!
    • I like the greens as well. The greens were, unfortunately, not in a state fit to eat: all bug-eaten and brown at the edges. We weren't exactly vigilant about pests on the beets since the roots clearly didn't seem to be suffering for it! :)

      I have a hard time gauging what's normal since this is the first time we grew beets. These are the biggest I've seen, though! The ones we buy at the farmer's market are usually tennis ball-sized. These are destined for the root cellar. Bobby makes a beet soup that, although a disturbingly bright pink color, is actually very delicious!
  • I am jealous. We had four eensy beets out of all the beet seeds I planted. Seriously, I had radishes bigger than my beets!

    However, they did taste good roasted and then grated into a salad.

    I have high hopes for a fall planting.
    • Booo. Isn't that frustrating? For us, it seems that if something works great one year, it won't work well the next. This year, something ate our cucumber plants and now they're really not growing at all. Last year, we had so many cucumbers that we were begging people to take them. The year prior, all of our vines died of bacterial wilt.

      Here's to hoping for a good fall harvest! :)
  • While those are some big beets, they don't look crazy large to me - probably just luck with the weather and proper use of organic helpers. I've cooked with beets like this before and they didn't taste "watery" (as over-sized veggies often do) at all, so I'm hoping yours will be just as delicious as "normal" beets!

    We're unlucky with veggies this year - April was dry and sunny but very cold (too cold for bees, for instance - which the apple trees show very clearly), then May was reasonably warm but all rainy, and now it's too late for most plants to catch up with the year. ;_; I've mostly given up and just grow mustard and lentils and phacelia for green manure... :P
    • This is our first time growing beets, so I've no idea what's in the normal range! We've never found beets at the farmer's market, however, larger than a tennis ball. That could be because Greg, the farmer we get our produce from, is more vigilant about harvesting than we are. ;)

      We're actually have a good growing season, which I feel like we've earned after last summer's two-week streak of 40C+ days (in Carroll County! unheard of!) right when the nightshade plants were getting their blooms. It's been a little cool, but the plants mostly seem to be thriving, and we're actually getting rain, which is something to be thankful for in Maryland in the summer. :) I'm sorry yours isn't going well this year.
  • Mega beets!
    I love your kitchen by the way; bunches of hers (is it) hanging up? Mine would be like that if I lived in the country.
    • Yep! :) The herbs are dusty to the point of being unusable, but they look pretty, so I leave them. (We usually process herbs in the food drier since our house is waaaaay too dusty to hang them for weeks.)
  • Those look marvelous and I hope they taste as fabulous as they look!

    - Erulisse (one L)
    • I'm hoping so too! I'm hoping that, because they're roots and therefore used for energy storage, that they still have a good flavor, despite the size. We're root cellaring them, so we'll find out this winter, I guess! :)
      • Well, there are so many different ways to use them. If they don't taste good just sliced and fried/baked/boiled, they can be pickled (nom, nom) or otherwise shredded to increase their wonderfulness (not a word, but so it goes - LOL). Enjoy!!!

        - Erulisse (one L)
  • naturally, we've named the plant Petyr Baelish

    Amazing! :D

    Your Giant Beet reminds me of our Giant Turnip last year. Seriously, it was about the size of three turnips! And my friend's pumpkin sized zucchini. Luckily, it tasted just like any other turnip! Just bigger.

    Also, I am envious of your harvest so far! I have just had two tiny immature jalapeños. Bad weather. :\
    • I'm hoping the beet is the same way; since the plant uses it for food storage, I would think that the entirety of it has gone to good [flavorful] use.

      We had the bad weather harvest last year. Our tomatoes and peppers did awful. Right around when the blossoms were forming, we had a lovely two weeks of 100F+ degree weather. Bleh.

      The Giant Turnip definitely does sound like something from Mario Bros.! :D
  • Oh! I love beets! I cook them just so, grate them and mix them in any salad we have - actually the family is split down a red divide so it's usually Mariana and me versus the rest who haven't been persuaded yet! Yours look marvelous. I hope they taste as good.

    Summer temperatures: awful. I hope things cool down soon.
    • We're lucky that we have AC and that we live where we do. It is often 8F degrees cooler on our mountaintop than at our workplace in the Baltimore suburbs. Right now, I feel for people like Oshun slogging through this without AC ...

      Bobby made beets last night with goat's cheese and drizzled with balsamic. It was amazing! I never liked beets before, having only had them pickled, but I've found I love them fresh.
  • Your pictures are great. When Eddie and I first got married and were living in our first house, we grew vegetables, and I loved it.

    One of the first things we ate from the garden were greens - lettuce and fresh young beet tops make a great salad. I was surprised by how tasty the beet tops were, although I don't much care for the beetroots themselves. And oh my god - there is nothing like the taste of fresh carrots from the garden. Yum yum.

    Gardening is one of the purest pleasures in life. ;)
    • Totally agreed! Although I could do without the inevitable daily removal of squash bugs from the squash plants. ;) But I actually like pulling weeds and I love playing with the compost.

      I have never particularly cared for carrots till we grew our own. We grow a variety called Paris Market that are just delicious.
  • Now THOSE are beets!

    I've got lots of Swiss chard (which I've had no time to pick) and the tomatoes are coming in now, since I got them planted extra-early this year. But alas, that's all I planted this year. I already miss my squash (even though I know I woudn't have time to pick it anyway).

    Edited at 2012-07-03 04:36 pm (UTC)
  • Woohoo for beets! For some reason, I've always liked them. My mom says I liked them as mashed up baby food, which does seem a bit weird. In the summer, we always had them pickled with hard-boiled eggs, so if you run out of things to do with them, I'll be happy to pass on our (very simple) recipe.
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