November 11, 2009


My blogging buddy, Penny, recently posted on Facebook about digging up an abundance of horseradish roots and making a batch of horseradish sauce. Since I am a sucker for planting anything interesting, I replied that I would gladly take some roots off of her hands if she had extra.

She graciously agreed to share and carefully packaged three roots in damp paper towels and plastic wrap and mailed them to me all the way from Virginia! When the package arrived, the paper towels were still moist and the roots looked healthy and intact.

Apparently, horseradish is a lot like mint and grows fast and furious, so it needs to be planted in containers or in an area by itself so it can be allowed to spread. I had hoped to plant some at The Ranch, but since we aren't there on a regular basis to water it, Penny suggested I plant it here in the city and transplant to The Ranch later.

It took me awhile to find a place in our yard that would be suitable for the roots, but I think I found a perfect spot. I have an old iron wash pot that was at my parents house for as long as I can remember. It used to be suspended on a chain and a frame, but that broke years ago. The pot has continued to be useful, although it is a bit wobbly. This old pot has held various plants and flowers over the years, but I am pretty sure it's never held horseradish plants! I buried the roots as Penny suggested, watered them and covered with a good layer of leaf mulch. Now, I have to wait at least a year until the plants are mature enough to harvest. That gives me plenty of time to come up with some horseradish dishes to try. Anyone have a good recipe to share?


Anonymous said...

i love that cauldron - the iron doesn't leech into the plant roots? said...

Wow - they looked really good when they got there! I hope they do well for you. If they don't make it through that Colorado winter, just let me know and I'll send you some more in the spring. There is nothing like Horseradish!

Lilla said...

Daune...that's a good question about the iron leeching. I had never considered that. And since I've never planted anything edible in it (until now), it hasn't been an issue. I plan to dig up the horseradish in the spring and replant it, so I hope there is no leeching effect during that time. Since I'm a vegetarian, I guess a little extra iron wouldn't hurt!

Penny...thanks again for sharing. I had no idea what they were supposed to look like, but they didn't look dead, that's for sure! I have them mulched really well and deep, so I hope they will survive, but if not, I'll let you know. Do you have any other horsey recipes to share besides your sauce?

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Hi...I'm new here, coming over from Frugalmom's site. :-)
I had to laugh at your saran-wrapped horseradish - I posted a very similar picture in my last blog post because I got some from Penny, too! Though you're way ahead of me in the planting department - mine are still sitting in a bowl. lol
Here's to fresh horseradish next year!

Lilla said...

Hi Farmgirl...welcome and thanks for your comment! That Penny is very generous with her goodies, isn't she? I was so excited with my horseradish roots. Now, I just have to find the patience to hold out until they are ready to harvest! Good luck with yours.