Since this is our first year of growing beets, though, processing beets was a new experience. I love the vivid purple-red they turn the cutting board… and your hands… and the water. Well, you get the idea.
After pulling out my first batch of beets this evening, I realized I have freed up some prime real estate in the garden. I also realized that, if I want to extend the growing season as I had originally planned, I probably need to at least start figuring out what I want to harvest this fall – and, in some cases, start the seedlings.
Didn’t I just get done with that whole headache? This time around, I will be buying the fantastic organic seed starter mix from the hydroponic store out in Bloomington. No more of this Burpee organic seed starter shake! Seriously, none of my seedlings grew this year, and that is all we did differently.
For my own future reference, here are my overly ambitious plans for the fall season (using dates from the Purdue Extension Office’s fantastic planting schedule).
- Swiss Chard – plant 6/1-8/1
- Winter Squash – plant 6/1-7/1
- Beets – plant 7/1-8/15
- Cabbage – plant 7/10-7/20
- Turnip – plant 7/15-8/15
- Lettuce – plant 7/15-9/1
- Spinach – plant 8/20-9/10
In honor of beets (and my general love for old school Sesame Street), I give you… the sugar beets song! Hmmm… maybe we should grow some sugar beets.