Fall is almost here – time for planting!

First frost is about 20 days away here in tropical Minnesota, so it is long past due to get the fall garden in. I do wrap my raised beds in greenhouse plastic in order to elongate the season a little, but I am still nervous for these early beets I’m planting. Let’s hope it goes well.

Going in the ground in box #21, I have:

  • Flat of Egypt Beet: “50 days. In 1885 Vilmorin said, “An exceedingly early variety, and certainly the best of the early kitchen-garden kinds.” This is a very quick beet of great quality, producing flattened 3”, crimson purple roots and short leafy tops.” – Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
  • Crosby’s Egyptian Beet: “55 days. Introduced to this country in 1869 and trialed by Peter Henderson, who recommended it in 1871. This improved “Crosby’s” strain was first offered by J. H. Gregory. This beet is early, tender, & fine flavored.”- Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
  • Early Wonder Beet: “50 days. An old heirloom, pre-1811 variety. Early, smooth, round beet; makes lots of tall tender greens, too! Perfect pickled, fresh, cooked, or in borscht.”- Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
  • Golden Beet: “55 days. This variety dates back to the 1820’s or before. The beets are a rich, golden-yellow and very sweet. A beautiful beet that won’t bleed like red beets. The greens are also very tasty. A favorite of many.”- Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

In the ground and going into the ground in box #20, I have:

  • Kohrabi Gigante (planted earlier) – “A fantastic Czech variety for fall crops with enormous basal bulbs that can reach a foot in diameter and weigh 25-35 lbs. under proper culture. Always tender, they can be used fresh or dug before hard frost and stored in the root cellar 4-6 months. Sure fire State Fair winner!” – Cooks Garden
  • Cosmic Purple Carrots (planted earlier, not pictured): “This one is causing excitement at farmers’ markets. Carrots have bright purple skin and flesh that comes in shades of yellow and orange. Spicy and sweet-tasting roots are great for marketing.” – Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
  • Shiraz Tall Top Beet (not pictured): “60 days. Dual-purpose variety! Very fast-growing tops may be harvested early in the season—red-ribbed green tops grow lush and succulent. The sweet, very smooth and stylish roots follow in due course. Disease resistance of this newer type keeps the uniform roots blemish free! Excels equally for canning, pickling, roasting or boiling!” – Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
  • Dwarf Siberian Kale (not pictured): “This tasty Russian variety produces leaves that are only slightly frilled and of top quality. 16-inch plants are very hardy and productive.” – Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

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