Beets, with their juicy red roots and edible leafy greens, are the best. And they're super easy to grow in containers, so perfect for "farming" on a balcony or porch.
All you need is a deep pot - at least 10 inches - to give the roots lots of room to develop.
- Prepare the pot like you would for any plant, by putting draining materials like pebbles or pine cones on the bottom and then filling with potting soil.
- Simply plant your beet, either from an existing plant (read my post Growing Beets from Kitchen Scraps for more on that) or from seed, at least one inch from the edge of the pot so that they have room to grow.
Beets are low maintenance, I water mine once every week or so and occasionally supplement the soil with compost to give them lots of fresh nutrients.
Their greens grow abundantly, and the beet is ready to harvest after several weeks of growing. You can pull them up when they're small, or wait until they get to be baseball sized. Either way, they're delicious.
Looking to use both ends of the beet, including the green end? Try this amazing, super-healthy recipe for beet greens with goat cheese and whole wheat pasta!