Beets and greens

001Plant beets now for a late crop. (I understand what beets do the next day, I really do, but plant anyway.) Germination is slow and tricky, so keep the bed moist on hot days, and mulch lightly. The trick is to grow them fast and moist. Boil beets until fork tender, then put under cold water and slip the skins off. That’s it.

The greens are tasty, and even more nutritious than the beets, so eat them in salads, or cook lightly. (Don’t cook them so long they give up and turn grey, as my mother did.)

About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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