Clearly I am not a gifted gardener. I am finding the learning curve to be steep. Or maybe it is just me. Root vegetables are not my friend, last year nary a single beet or carrot grew. It seems that if it is marketed as the easiest veggie to grow, that automatically precludes me from growing it.
So we (hubby and I) plunged into the research, thinking we figured out that root vegetables need more phosphorus. Dutifully we augmented the soil with bone meal and waited and watched those spring beets again.
This is what we saw.
Two months later, that’s it. Not a single bulb or even some bountiful beet greens like last year. Is it possible to get worse at something the more you try? Seriously. So, so sad. By the way that bigger bunch of green in the background is my Kale (fortunately doing much better!).
So we ripped out our little square of beets (love the square foot method, btw). And replaced it with….zucchini. I hear the laughter. If I hear one more story of people being overwhelmed with zucchini because it’s the easiest plant in the whole world, I think I may cry. I’ll let you guess how many zucchini I harvested last year.
Any advice is more than welcome, specifically regarding my nemeses; squash and root vegetables.
These beet greens were clearly not going to make a meal, or even much of a garnish, so I decided to throw them in my hummus. I mixed the beet greens with some kale because it was what I had, but I think it would work equally well with almost any dark leafy green.
The flavor really brightened up the hummus, and added another serving of leafy greens to our day. I feel a little better now.
Shared with: Whole Foods Wednesday