Monday, August 19, 2013

Balcony Garden: Harvest Monday #37

Along with beans + peas, winter means its time to plant root veggies...like beetroot.  I planted beetroot last year and whilst some beetroot grew I'd not say it was all that successful. Out of the entire strip of about 20 seeds I planted only 3 beetroot popped up.


Things went MUCH better this year...apart from a few aphids who attached themselves to the leaves everything pretty much went according to plan.


Whilst not all the beetroots grew to full size...or grew at all I did end up with enough fully grown beetroots for TWO whole meals. TWO MEALS! That is very much a rarity on my balcony garden.


I decided to roast the beetroot along with some of the rosemary from my garden. I had no enough if the flavours would go together but you never know unless you try. I added in some store bought sweet potato. In hindsight I suppose I could've used a few carrots from the garden but that didn't actually occur to me until right now. D'oh.



I decided to toss the veggies in some oil olive (that's a given, right) and some yummy caramelized balsamic that I was given somewhere along the line. I've seen other people roast their beetroots whole and then peel, slice + dice. I think that's probably easier than what I did.



And there have it - a roast beetroot salad with homegrown rosemary and a few store bought bits and pieces (ok, 90% store bought -- but that's just ignore that bit). If only I had  a goat on the balcony so I could make my own goat's milk feta!


You can view more Harvest Monday posts on Daphne's Dandelions blog.

14 comments:

  1. lol just imagining a goat on your balcony! he's eat all your veggies!

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  2. My husband and I dream about having a goat, too. Nice work with the beetroot!

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    1. A goat would be fun...but as Helen did point out above the tend to eat EVERYTHING!

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  3. bahahahaha ok, so just yesterday I was going through gumtree and my husband thought it'd be funny to check out the 'free' section. Lo and behold, there was a goat listed and we had the biggest chuckle at adopting this poor goat, in our little backyard so we could milk it and make cheese. I can just imagine one on a balcony!!

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  4. Well done on the balcony beetroot, that is a great achievement! I love it roasted too. Your salad looks so good.

    A goat would be fun...I often dream of having a milking goat, the dream is yet to become reality though :) PS your holiday must be getting close?

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    1. Yes, not long to go now. End of the week...so all the beetroot has been scoffed.

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  5. Dang, your beetroot look huge compared to mine. Granted mine have a fair way to go and I'm not helping by harvesting their leaves for salad greens.

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    1. Have you given yours some feed - blood and bone, or some other fertilizer. It might just need a boost. AND stop picking the leaves...Mr Beetroot needs those leaves for photosynthesis to occur.

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  6. nice work! and if only u had a goat on your balcony!

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    1. What should I call my goat do you think?

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