Look! The Beets Have Sprouted!

We grabbed a packet of beet seeds on impulse; they weren't included in our modest plans for a container garden this year. Now that they've sprouted we're already delighted with their incredibly vibrant colors shooting up. But we're curious as to how these will do as container crops...

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Sara Kate says that these only need about six inches of dirt, so they are actually very well-suited to containers. They are compact little vegetables; after all, when you eat a beet you are eating the entire root of the plant. We're going to fill up a big trough with organic potting soil and transplant these in about a week.

We'll direct sow another batch in a couple weeks, so hopefully we'll be eating tiny tender beets and red-veined greens all summer.

Delicious!

Related: On Growing Radishes

(Images: Faith Hopler)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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