Brilliant Beet Blend
Fodder, Faberge, and the Digital Age
In the early 1900s, Pavel Ivanovich Kharitonenko was known as "The Sugar King." He lorded over the Russian agriculture scene with his considerable riches, garnered from his involvement in the sugar beet industry. What did this baron with impeccable taste do with his beet-based wealth? He collected the work of famed jeweler Peter Carl Faberge, creator of the world-renowned "Faberge Eggs." The artwork on this pack digitally re-imagines the natural jewel-like brilliance of beets as priceless decorative objects, transforming the humble root from fodder to Faberge and then into the digital age. Grow your own deliciously lavish jewels with this brilliant blend of colorful beets.
Direct sow starting 1-2 weeks before last frost and continue until 8-10 weeks before first fall frost. Beets prefer fertile, weed-free soil for formation of large roots. Thin young seedlings to every 2", then pull out every other beet to enjoy at the baby stage, leaving the remainder to grow to full size. Leave later sowings in the ground for harvest through November, then pull and store.
About the Artist
Artwork by Bill Rybak. Through digital media, Bill creates visual metaphors like this work that turns humble beets into priceless Faberge eggs. Inspired by his depiction, we were able to find a historical connection between beets and Faberge. In this case, life imitates art.