I got a small package in the mail last week from the U of M. . . I knew exactly what it was. It was my seeds for the U of M Master Gardener seed trials! I had requested cucumbers and/or beets, so I didn’t know what was in the package. . . but by its size I knew it wasn’t both.
I opened it with much excitement and found. . . BEETS! Six different varieties of beets to try this summer–the varieties being tested are ‘Red Ace 125’, ‘Golden Beet 128’, ‘Merlin 2758’, ‘Touchstone Gold 2818’, ‘Chioggia Guardsmark 25’, and ‘Blankoma’.
I am looking forward to this trial for a few different reasons—I’ve really only tried a few different varieties of beets before, and it will be really interesting to see how these produce (and if they do well in our garden). Also, the taste tests will be awesome. (Although I will probably have to enlist someone besides Trevor to give me another opinion.)
Last year I planted three different varieties—Chioggia, Burpee’s golden, and a basic red one (I can’t even remember what it was called). So this will be pretty cool—I’m thinking‘Blankoma’ is probably a light-colored one, and obviously there are two gold beets on the list, and then the Chioggia again, in addition to a couple of red ones. I can already see the jars of beet pickles lined up on the shelves.
Now if this great weather keeps up, I may be able to plant them even earlier than I did last year!