A Tale of Two Beetroots

 photo WP_20160620_001_e_zpscpjyccns.jpgI forgot to shake the dirt off.

 photo WP_20160620_022_e_zpsl1uwllih.jpgI come with my own watermark.

I grew a thing! I’m kind of giddy. I harvested the first beetroot and later realised that the second was ready too. I kept them small as I’ve heard that the larger they get the tougher they are. You can eat the leaves when fresh, but I opted to compost them. The compost is great, there’s never a loss that can’t be salvaged slightly. I roasted the first and used it in a smoothie. The second I may use in bread or muffins, something baked, just because. I’m not a huge fan of beetroot, but I grew it and can eat it so I have to try it out.

 photo WP_20160620_024_e_zpsqzbiibag.jpgAlways add a banana.

 photo WP_20160620_025_e_zps8ijpsigy.jpgIt gets a lovely colour from the roasted beetroot.

I used about a half cup of roasted beetroot, eight strawberries, one medium banana with a splash of maple syrup. I grew the strawberries too. I freeze them after picking to keep them as tasty as possible. It tasted fine. Like I say, not a big fan of beetroot. They were really easy to grow, even when they were transplanted twice it didn’t do them much harm. They also don’t take up much space so you could grow quite a few. I was just screwing around and only planted five. Maybe I’ll do more next year, I do have a few in a pot just starting, but with the change in weather they may not do too well. Lots of strawberries left so keep an eye out for new recipes.

 photo WP_20160620_015_e_zpsyeu5budt.jpgMy fragoo set fruit! They’re viable. Yay! I was ready to kill them.

 photo WP_20160620_005_e_zpsjt57xlgm.jpgThis one was on the lower part of the barrel. They’re small and tart, but with the right weather they may be plentiful. Probably better for jam.

 photo WP_20160620_013_e_zpsyowak8kl.jpgNasturtiums in bloom.

 photo WP_20160620_010_e_zpsqwpu3dts.jpgMizuna in bloom. Heh. I let it go wild.

 photo WP_20160620_006_e_zpst4jbmkkh.jpgThe Lobelia did really well. It’s everywhere.

So as you can see the garden survived that heavy deluge of rain and wasn’t beaten too badly by the gale-force winds. Everything is doing well, I’ve had a lot of losses, but you just let them go and instead celebrate the successes, which are fairly numerous. Not that Jack is tooting his own horn, but still: Toot toot.

 photo WP_20160620_011_e_zpsjowwasdi.jpgStill alive. Come on sunflowers!

 photo WP_20160620_030_e_zps687scryy.jpgCalifornian Poppies (The tall thingies) and Viola. These seem to have hit their stride and really started to grow.

 photo WP_20160620_029_e_zps393n96ae.jpgThe head are forming. I can’t wait to see the flowers.

 photo WP_20160620_026_e_zpsjn61lbvx.jpgEven though I made so many mistakes, the baskets are really growing well.

 photo WP_20160620_027_e_zpsu6f8yk7n.jpgPerennial too so no need to restart.

 photo WP_20160620_009_e_zpsmmxsdo4n.jpgLavender needs re-potting when the flowers fall off. It’s crooked as it’s been growing on a crooked stump. Two years old, just about.

 photo WP_20160620_012_e_zpsjlswo5lt.jpgLook! I grew it from seed. I’m special! Shush.

 photo WP_20160620_028_e_zpsyl9jyv4e.jpgMy leftover flowers found the front garden to be really rich in nutrients, maybe I could grow squash here next year.

 photo WP_20160620_031_e_zpslnskgice.jpgLook at them! They’re huge! Wow…yeah, they’re mine but I’m still shocked.

Okay, gather round dear readers, Jack has a story to tell, an anecdote to deliver, a spiel to….what? I’m bulking it out as it’s rather short. You can’t exactly see it but from the rightmost squash, that’d depend on your orientation, right? Ummm, you see that squash by the greenhouse? Yeah. Third up from that.The big ‘un. So I walk out in the rain, I’m not that bright, just determined dearest reader, and the poor squash is on its side, not broken, just crooked. It’s been weak all along, so instead of staking it as I’ve done before, I left it to grow crooked. No harm, right? Growth is growth. So I walk out today and it’s upright and solid. One night! That’s all it took. That’s pretty interesting, at least I think so.

 photo WP_20160620_017_e_zps1w5lbpnl.jpgVine squashes are a pain in the backside!

 photo WP_20160620_018_e_zpstibv8vag.jpgI think we have a golden nugget set.

 photo WP_20160620_019_e_zpsjjhtsfs2.jpgWhat may still be a courgette. Note the coffee cup lid. It keeps it dry and out of the dirt.

 photo WP_20160620_007_e_zpswfuvc0ri.jpgHarlequins, the biggest one looks really good. Here’s hoping. Sorry about the photo, it was hard to take without damaging the plant.

 photo WP_20160620_014_e_zpsmucaljsh.jpgI have ten, more over there, yellow strawberry seedlings. No idea what I’ll do with them. These were separated from the plant I posted before.

 photo WP_20160620_016_e_zpskulhh3pt.jpgCarrots, Bok choi and turnips (Snowball) that need thinning out…later.

So that’s it from Jack’s garden. The tomatoes are going wild. When I get the greenhouse sorted then I’ll sort them out. You can bury them sideways and deeper than before as the stem will put out new roots. If I go missing chances I’m lost in between tomato plants. Or hidden behind squash. No, don’t look for me, just think of me fondly and keep my plants watered. Until later.


7 thoughts on “A Tale of Two Beetroots

  1. You might warm up to beetroot, it is wonderful in salads. I also just baked 2 types of bread with beetroot, one based on buckwheat flour and another based on seeds, both dairy, starches, nuts and gums free.Both worked out excellent, my favourite is with seeds, my husband likes buckwheat even more. I wish we had more garden space in our backyard, your garden is a treasure!

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