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    http://www.durgan.org/URL/?Beets 17 April 2009 Beets (Detroit)
    Beets planted. Pictures depicting teh method used.
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    Default The beets germinated in 8 days.

    http://www.durgan.org/URL/?BeetsG 26 April 2009 Beets Germinated
    The beets germinated in 8 days. Obviously the weather has been accommodating.
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    Are beets more cool weather or hot weather plants? I have never ever grown them and would like to plant a row or 2. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Persimmon Lace View Post
    Are beets more cool weather or hot weather plants? I have never ever grown them and would like to plant a row or 2. Thanks!
    My experience is that they are all weather. They do need a bit of heat to germinate but after that they seem to grow well all summer.
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    im so jealous I wish i had a garden again. hubby buys beets in the fall and pickles his own.

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    Any of you beet growers do anything with them other than cook them with OJ or pickle them? I'd love to grow them, I really like the idea of eating ALL of a plant, but DH hates pickled beets and cooked ones with OJ. (Although he's fine eating raw young greens.)

    I'd like a recipe or two to use with the golden beets, as I think DH's bias won't be so bad with them.

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    I don't know which I like more,the beets or the greens. I cook the beets plain, just boil, peel, slice, and add a little butter (or salt if I'm dieting). I cook the greens separately with a little salt, stems first then add the leaves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pat in east texas View Post
    I don't know which I like more,the beets or the greens. I cook the beets plain, just boil, peel, slice, and add a little butter (or salt if I'm dieting). I cook the greens separately with a little salt, stems first then add the leaves.
    Me too. Butter makes a fine condiment for beets.
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    http://www.durgan.org/URL/?BeetSds 6 May 2009 Planting a row of beet seeds.
    More beet seeds were planted
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judi Dial View Post
    Any of you beet growers do anything with them other than cook them with OJ or pickle them? I'd love to grow them, I really like the idea of eating ALL of a plant, but DH hates pickled beets and cooked ones with OJ. (Although he's fine eating raw young greens.)

    I'd like a recipe or two to use with the golden beets, as I think DH's bias won't be so bad with them.

    TIA!

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    We boil for 40 minutes to soften and then saute them with butter and garlic. Sometimes depending on the season we'll toss some green beans in the pan and saute all together. Yum.

    We also just can them in water and eat like above in the winter.

    Personally, beet greens are only good for the compost pile. Blech, but partner likes them steamed, me blech still.

    Planted the beets maybe 2 weeks ago and they are starting to pop up already in the beds.

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    We harvest and can our beets at one time. It is a very long day culminating with a messy kitchen so we try to do enough for two years. We freeze the greens at the same time.

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    Personally I only really want the greens. If I could ever get them to grow, I'd just harvest young then you can just steam the tiny beets with the greens.

    They are nice roasted, but then what isn't? I cook a bunch of winter vegetables all together, just boil for 10 mins., then throw them all in a baking dish, toss with some olive oil, salt, rosemary if you have any, bake about an hour. I do this any time we have a roast or something that needs to be in the oven a long time. I've put in carrots, turnip, sweet potato, potato, beet, parsnip. Everything gets sweet and no one can really identify what's what anymore. People always end up eating the stuff they don't like without even noticing (dh thinks the turnips are potatoes ).

    I've also pureed beets and added them to spaghetti sauce - spaghetti sauce is my best friend, you can get rid of just about anything in it.

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