The secret of growing large beets
My neighbor in the country managed to grow beets the size of a plate.
There was a poultry farm nearby, ordering a car of poultry droppings was not a problem, liquid fertilizer was poured directly onto the site in the fall, and by the following autumn giant root crops were growing. A neighbor kept some of the fertilizers separately in a barrel, soaked and fed the plants in the beds in the summer.
I just did not like the idea of overfeeding.
First of all, I do not need a huge beet.
In beetroot quite enough beets weighing no more than half a kilogram, and for vinaigrette cooking huge roots is inconvenient even in a pressure cooker.
In addition, in the overfed beet, a large number of nitrates accumulate, fresh juice of such beets can easily be poisoned.
Imagine, even the mice didn’t eat her beets, and mine, the average size, was destroyed in large numbers, although our plots were nearby and without fences. Well, nothing, and the remaining beets for the winter were always enough for me.
Since then, I developed my own methodology and technology of beet growing and I have been using it successfully for more than a decade. So.
The soil for beets should be greasy, with a high humus content and a thick fertile layer. I usually have it for two bayonets of a shovel, and where it is smaller, I don’t plant root crops: they will not grow normal. I rarely sow seeds, it even seems to an outsider that it is too rare, especially when you look at the seedlings. Nothing, the tops will close anyway, but in the open space the beets grow large and even.
I do not sow early, there is nowhere to hurry, in the summer and without a beet of food in plenty, and early planted mice will eat, because they like to be overripe.
In our Middle Belt, it is better to sow beets for winter near the end of May. The bulk of the weeds will already have risen by then, they need to be periodically removed so that they do not have time to give the seeds.
Prepared a load loosen, make grooves, spill diluted infusion of grass, lay out the seeds (do not scatter, namely lay out at a distance of at least 6 cm from each other) and sprinkle dry earth.
Seeds appear five days later, then I start to water. After the first weeding around the beet sprouts, I spread out the grass freshly cut by the mower. It serves as a food for earthworms, so that the roots of beets are not touched, and prevents the rapid evaporation of moisture.
See also: Cultivation and cleaning of beets
In dry weather, I pour from the hose at least once every three days, otherwise the beets will grow small, the beets like moisture.
As the grass dries, I add fresh until the closed leaves block the access to the roots. If the summer is very dry, water before harvesting.
I remove it when I notice that too much mice have fallen on root crops, and I will have nothing left. Usually it happens in the middle of September, although the beets could still sit in the ground.
When cleaning, even slightly bitten by mice, beets are discarded, it can be rotten during storage. I dry thoroughly: unlike carrots, beetroot is not afraid of storage in the light, then I remove it into the basement, where it is always cool and the moisture is sufficient, so that until spring the roots do not dry out and start to germinate.
Without beets for 30 years yet never stayed!
benefits of beet
beetroot is an excellent vegetable for any season. This is a curiosity for us, but 3000 years ago the ancient Romans already knew a lot about beets. After eating beets, the weak became strong, the cowardly acquired courage! And why? It turned out that it contains folic acid, which is involved in a special way in the metabolism - it stimulates the production of hormones that give a feeling of optimism and happiness. And it's worth a lot!
Gardeners usually plant beets in early May. A well-known case: "Carrots and this beet for Kozma!" And the Day of Kozma happens on May Day every year. In July, young beets are already good for red borscht. And by winter, they dig it into the stock at the end of September, when it becomes especially sweet and juicy. - The leaves are cut to the very bun, and the roots are placed in film bags and, without tying them, are determined in the cellar. Here beets can easily last until the next harvest.
Breeders have created many varieties of table beets of various shapes. All of these roots usually have a reddish-purple, burgundy color, which is given to them by the betanin pigment. Betanine does not stay in the body for long - soon it is excreted in the urine, so do not suddenly be alarmed by its reddish color. And carrots, sorry, paint the urine orange - there is an excess of carotene!
They say that once the young ladies blushed their cheeks with beet juice. In our time, all over the world, beets are primarily grown not for cosmetics, but for the table. It is a delicious and all-round healing vegetable. The original taste is given by organic acids - malic, citric, oxalic, and also sugars. Beets make delicious chips.
The beet leaves are also so good that the selectionists for the joy of gourmets deliberately brought out such a beet, in which only leaves are used for food. It's chard.
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From beets, the blood composition improves, more red blood cells are formed. Breathing becomes more energetic - oxygen is better absorbed. The walls of blood vessels are made stronger, more elastic. For older people, meals with the participation of-boiled beets help to establish bowel function. At the same time, beets remove toxins and some toxic substances from the body.
Ancient Armenian physician Amirdovljt Amasiatsi noted that the beet poultice kills head lice on his head, cures deprivation. Do you think this is irrelevant for our days? No matter how! Even in the capitals of European countries, kiddies in kindergartens and in schools now and then scratch and shiver from annoying parasites.
And here are still encouraging recipes from the ancient Aesculapius.
Beet leaves help with burns by fire. They dissolve tumors.
It is interesting that even in hypertensive patients there are headaches and normal pressure if they regularly consume raw beet juice, but certainly in a small amount (!) And necessarily in 2-3 times diluted with apple.
By the way, a huge amount of organic silicon is also found in Jerusalem artichoke tubers (earthen pear). To achieve the effect, they need to be eaten raw, mashed, mixed with other fresh country vegetables. I remember such a case. The son took the old mother to the city from the village - it was difficult for her to spend the winter alone there. Every morning for breakfast, my son began to prepare her salad of beets, Jerusalem artichoke, apples and celery.
Everything on a grater, with butter. My grandmother overwintered and returned to the village. The old lady friends gasped: she was leaving weak, gray-haired - she returned as a vigorous brunette carrot!
Dishes prepared from baked or from boiled beets, enhance sexual potency. But if you have an unpleasant belch after beet, eat green grapes!
Proportion should be selected individually. Say, for the morning juice take 2 apple, 2 carrots and a quarter of a small beet.
You can slightly acidify the lemon juice, add a teaspoon of honey. Excellent taste and very useful.
With atherosclerosis this also works. But still consult your doctor beforehand, as there are cases of individual intolerance to beet juice.
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