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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Growing Beets from Kitchen Scraps

Growing Beets from Kitchen Scraps
I used to be notorious for buying beets, with grand intentions of beet and goat cheese salads...and forgetting about them in the veggie drawer.  Yep, my husband loves it.  Ahem.


Until one day... I realized that the not-so-fresh beets might just start growing if I planted them.  Low and behold, it works beautifully!  I've tried it multiple times over the past year and love how easy it is to turn would-be compost into a flourishing plant.  Bonus:  Now I can just harvest fresh beets when the mood strikes and no longer have a veggie bin of poor dejected ones.

Beets grow easily in a deep container and the plants are actually quite beautiful for a vegetable.

Grocery stores usually sell beets by the bunch, with either a couple of large beets or a trio of smaller beets.  I've taken the habit of getting the bunch with a mini beet and save this one for the garden.

To plant them, take an older beet (the mini beet!) and plant it so that the top is aligned with the surface of the soil.  Water occasionally, around once a week, and place in a sunny (partial to full sun) area.  Within a couple of weeks you'll see new greens sprouting, and a few more weeks later a lush green plant will fill out and the bulb will be ready to eat.  So simple!

Use the greens for this delicious, super-healthy dinner:  Beet Greens with Whole Wheat Pasta and Goat Cheese

102 comments:

  1. Wow. This is amazing. I have to try this. Beets are one of my favorite veggies.

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  2. Good for you! One day I will start to grow my own veggies... one day. lol

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  3. Beets are one of my favorite staples to throw into my juicer! I really wish I had a yard still...might have to buy some little planter boxes for my apartment patio! I buy so many of these and it would really help with the cost factor! I usually throw one beet bulb, 1 knob of ginger, 1 whole lemon, 1 large peeled carrot, and 1/2 green apple into my juicer...SUCH a tasty juice, healthy, and gives you natural energy! Thank you so much for sharing this!

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  4. I think it's so cool that there are a bunch of things you can grow just from clippings of the bottom or whatever. I didn't know you could do this with beets!

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    1. I think there are a few options...the first is to put a beet top in water, but this will only grow the beet greens for a couple of weeks. The second is to plant an entire beet (preferably older and smaller) to grow a bigger beet and greens. I think that you can also grow the top 1/3 of a beet in soil, but need to apply a root hormone to the cut surface. I think this method grows a new beet plus greens. Disclaimer: At this point this is strictly theoretical knowledge. I have a garden and bought too many beets.

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  5. That is an interesting idea. I have tried it once with not too much luck.

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  6. I eat a lot of veggies but I've just never loved beets. My mom likes to pickle them!

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    1. the greens are good in salads

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  7. A lot of my friends are doing this and becoming great masters of the kitchen scrap gardens...apparently celery really takes off too! :)

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  8. This is such a cool idea. I am not a good growing person, I tend to kill plants and things a lot. But I so want to learn.

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  9. I LOVE this kind of gardening. I am going to have to try this for sure! Thank you!

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  10. Oh man, beets are SO good. Some people think they are kind of earthy tasting, but that's what I like about them. We'll need to toss some of these in our garden next year!

    Cat
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  11. I love using beets in fresh juices! Thank you for this great idea!

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  12. That's so awesome! I love beets, pinning so I can give this a try :D

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  13. Oh goodness! What a great idea. I'll give it a try!

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  14. Great post! I had NO idea that you could do this!

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  15. that's such a great idea!! i don't know if it works well in our vegas heat.. but i like to regrow scallions from scraps.. i need to try other veggies.

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  16. Amazing! What a great idea! Make perfect sense too.

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  17. Awesome idea. It's one of my favourite vegetables and so good with goats cheese! Also, beetroot brownies are so delicious!

    Katie <3

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  18. I'd love to try this one day. My kids would get a kick out of it, I think.

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  19. Amazing! I would love to grow my own one day...so satisfying.

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  20. This is great! I have ever been a big beet person - but I would love to do something like this.

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  21. Hmm very interesting! I am going to try this :) Thank you for this post

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  22. LOVE beets. This is such an easy process, I had no idea. I'm going to be moving soon most likely, but I'm looking for one with a garden, so I will definitely go for it when I do!

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