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First Seeding of the Season - Beets and a Recipe

Today officially marks the first day of our season. If you are looking for me, I will be here on the farm from now until November. Things are really going to get busy. I started sowing seeds today. The first batch is beets.  Beets are the only root crop that I know of, that you CAN start indoors and transplant. I have heard transplanted beets always do better than direct seeded beets. I experimented with a few last year and it worked. The beet “seed” is a cluster of seeds in a dried fruit. Several seedlings grow from each seed. I am going to plant one seed per cell and then thin to the one strongest seedling per cell. Then I will transplant the entire cell, without disturbing the starter mix, into it's planting hole. Beets are one of my favorite veggies. Here is a great recipe using beets:

Marinated Beets
Makes 6 servings
2 bunches beets
2 Tbsp water
1/4 c vinegar
2 Tbsp caraway seeds
1 tsp sugar
2 Tbsp minced onion
1 tsp prepared horseradish
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
5 Tbsp vegetable oil

1. Wash beets, trim off greens, place in medium saucepan with salted water to cover; bring to a boil then simmer until tender, about 40 minutes.
2. When cool enough to handle, peel, slice, and place in glass or ceramic
3. Whisk together water, vinegar, sugar, onion, horseradish, cloves, salt, pepper and oil until sugar and salt dissolve.
4. Pour over beets and let stand several hours, stirring occasionally, before serving.

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