Beets: Making Everything Better at the Space-Farm Since 2012

Last year, okra was our big sleeper veggie. We planted them on a whim, not really knowing what to expect (or how to eat it), and by the end of the summer, we had six plants ranging in height from 6′ to a whopping 12′. And then the gumbo! Oh, the gumbo. Okra + andouille + chicken + hot peppers + a bunch of other deliciousness thrown in a crockpot = pure gumbo magic.

This year, I discovered the awesomeness of beets. For real, I love them. If you have some preconceived, long-seated notion about beets, I think you need to come over to my house and let me cook you up some roasted beets and sweet potatoes with a starter of pickled beets. Plus, they make everything a beautiful shade of fuchsia (EVERYTHING – your hands, the counter top, a nice little trail across the floor where you dropped one and it went rolling away, etc.).

20121005. Root veggie backyard (ad front yard) haul.

The last big root veggie haul from the back and front yards.

The secret: boil them ’til they’re soft, wipe the skins off, then throw them in for another 10 minutes with your already roasting root vegetables. Yum.

20121011. Last of the beets.

20121005. Beets, sweet potatoes, and yellow carrots, all from the garden.

Everything in this pan was produced in our yard (except for the olive oil)! Yellow carrots, sweet potatoes, beets, and herbs – all of it grew up roughly 50′ from where it was eaten.

So, garden friends, what was your favorite surprise in the garden this year? What can you not wait to plant next year?

3 thoughts on “Beets: Making Everything Better at the Space-Farm Since 2012

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  2. I can’t wait to plant culinary herbs next spring. And more peas. And less tomatoes. And more cucumbers and strawberries. And peppers and jalapenos that decide they like cold weather. 🙂

    • Culinary herbs, YES! Our rosemary has been amazing this year, but I really want a perennial bramble of oregano next year somewhere in our yard. I don’t really care if it takes over, like, an entire section. ALL THE OREGANO.

      Next year for us will be fewer tomatoes and more cucumbers, strawberries, blackberries, spicy peppers, and SQUASH. I want to grow the heck out of some squash next year.

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