This is the first year I planted beets, so I’m thrilled with how nicely they’re growing. I had no idea it was so easy. Really, beets are almost as hands-off as Swiss chard and kale. Take a look at these beauties.
The stems and leaves of beets look almost exactly like those of chard. As you may have noticed from the photo above, I already snipped a few from those that I just pulled out of the ground. I like to trim occasionally because the leaves are large and they sometimes lean over and cover up whatever it is growing beside them. In this case, I have kale on one side a pretty awesome baby lettuce variety growing on the other.
All in all, this season is turning into something serious. I’m at the point of not knowing what to do with everything. We’ve got basil all over the place, along with these beets that I planted in waves. Laura has a forest of cilantro and dill up in the front. With the tomatoes, squash and zucchini already doing their things, I’m getting nervous. I suppose I should consider building good will again, like I did last year, and giving some of this stuff away. I know a few people who would be interested.
Last night, I prepared a salad for my other blog. The recipe called for a cup and a half of fresh basil, which I was only too happy to head out to the garden to get. I did that and as I was walking back inside, I realized that I had about $10 worth of basil leaves in my hand. Trust me, I purchase this herb often and each and every time I do, I shake my head at how expensive it is. Having it so accessible for such a small cost in the back yard is magnificent. And that’s the truth.
Check out this next picture. Take a look at how healthy those leaves and stems are. I just ate a few of them in my salad for lunch and you can’t beat them.
If I only had a way to store this stuff, things would be perfect. I’d like to grab one of those chest freezers. We don’t have the room for it though. I’ll figure something out.