Salad Days: Eat to the Beet
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.
It being November, I don't fancy even thinking about baby greens or -reds! Why not have some nice salad NOW, with raw grated beet and cooking apple? Spring will look after itself ..... meaning, when the urge to sow comes, in February, March, I sow.ReplyDelete
Till then, I am much happier eating grated roots or tubers with the perennial apple and, of course, corn salad.
Annemieke - NB the challenge is about growing salad leaves. We've found that growing leaves through winter is a great way to add a variety of flavours to the beet and apple you've suggested. So why not have a go?ReplyDelete
VP, I think if you germinated them inside, and moved them to a coolish greenhouse when they had their true leaves, they would just grow like they would in cool spring or autumn. Can't see why they wouldn't. Bulls Blood is really a fine eating leaf isn't it!ReplyDelete
I do think a windowsill inside where it is warm, might not make the leaves taste as good as grown under cooler conditions...unless you have a cool sunny porch.
Anyway, try the windowsill and let us know how you get on! Please.
Hi Bren - I love 'Bull's Blood' and seeing NAH hates beetroot but doesn't mind the leaves, baby leaves are what I'll continue to grow :)Delete
Unfortunately I don't have a greenhouse or cool sunny porch, but will move the pictured leaves into a cold frame when it gets really cold. I've left them out on the patio to get as much light as possible as I think this is a more limiting factor than the cold.
Warmth makes the leaves softer and theoretically more tasty than leaves grown outside. It'll be interesting to see how cold frame vs windowsill grown leaves fare in the final taste test!
What a great post title! And it has to be worth a go. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, as they say!ReplyDelete
Thanks Janet! It's a great way of using up this season's seed too :)Delete
Finally have a short metion of my winter garden upReplyDelete
Sorry I'm a bit late with my post this month, I'm having problems loading photos, hence the lack of them.ReplyDelete
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Just came across this 'salad challenge'. Wish I had been participating throughout, bu am looking forward to jumping on board in 2013. Salad greens and related cold season veggies are my favorite crops to grow. Can be quite a challenge here in the dust bowl of North Texas, USA.ReplyDelete
I've had a great year of lettuce, kale, chard, spinach, beets, kohlrabi, dandelions (yes, they're great salad fixings as well), peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers.
We've had quite the harvest from our backyard garden.
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