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Carrots and Beets

8 Oct

Teeny tiny seedlings! I know you’re not supposed to grow and transfer beets and carrots but that’s what I’m doing anyway. The dry weather has made it hard to control water levels to sprout seeds so I’m doing it in a Tupperware container!

I believe transferring beets and carrots are not recommended because they end up a funny shape but these are cylindra beets and round carrots.
Hopefully I will get some sort of edible root no matter what shape 🙂

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What can I do with one big homegrown beet?

11 May

I was thinking of baking some sort of a chocolate thing…. Brownies? Cookies? Or maybe do the boring thing and boil or bake it?
Can’t decide 🙂

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Greetings from my little corner of the world!

21 Oct

Beets growing in container. Toys I found around the beach

Welcome to my little garden space! I rent a small apartment by the beach in San Diego and have been slowly encroaching on the flowerbeds around the complex with my vegetables. The birds of paradise and palm trees do not seem to mind sharing a bit of space with celery, tomato, Brussels sprouts and other edibles.

There isn’t any real plan for my garden or what I grow; I just buy and plant whatever I like and wherever I can fit it in! So its all a big experiment.

There are some ‘staple’ crops – such as tomatoes and corn but i like to try different varietals every season. This year has been a little too experimental perhaps – I haven’t harvested many tomatoes at all – now I understand why heirloom tomatoes are so expensive to buy!

I tried many new vegetables in 2010 which I have never planted before. My fave incl. Brussels sprouts and popcorn. These were easy to grow from seed and the harvest was reasonably substantial – enough for a meal! That’s always a bonus! You really have no idea of the vast amount of labour and resources it takes to grow food until you attempt to grow some yourself.  And when you are able to harvest your own food, you truly appreciate the work it has gone into it – from watering to nurturing and even the plants own efforts to producing a juicy fruit, or a crispy fresh green leaf or even a tasty starchy tuber (mmmm french fries!). Its amazing to watch your food grow and see where it comes from. I highly recommend it!

First time growing these! Picked off head to help sprouts mature sooner