I've been surprised how well my beetroot 'Bull's Blood' has kept on growing throughout November despite its lack of protection. We've sampled a few leaves already and as you can see there are a few more ready for picking.
It's got me wondering whether a windowsill crop can be grown over the winter, just like I successfully managed with pea shoots at the start of the year. I did grow some beet for microgreens back then too, but baby leaves would be much better and more substantial. In theory the lack of light over the next few months should make that a 'no', but they're already growing better than expected this month...
...Alys Fowler did an online Q and A session for The Guardian last week , so I posed my question there (scroll down and you'll see I'm there as 'Veep'). Her response was:
You could start them off indoors, harden off and plant out but don't expect to eat anything before March at the earliest. If you hanker after a pink/red micro green I'd try sowing purple oracle or amaranthus red army on your windowsill indoors, much more prolific.
I'll try Alys' suggestions, but I'm going to try the beets just to see what happens. At the very least, I'll have a bumper crop of microgreens, so I've got nothing to lose.
How's your salad growing coming along this month? Mr Linky is set up below for your posts.