|Although beets prefer cool temperatures, they
will tolerate warmer, but not hot, weather. Our best success has been with
Early Wonder at the beginning of the season, and followed up with Detroit Dark
Red for harvest in the fall.
Starting indoors, under lights, or in the
greenhouse will give a jump on the growing season, or beets can easily be grown
in containers for a year-round supply. Sow seed at depth of about 1 inch. The
most common problem is not thinning. Proper spacing is essential for a quality
The beet "seed" is actually a cluster of seeds inside a dried
fruit. Since each beet "seed" actually contains several seeds, thinning is
especially important and should be done when seedlings reach a height of 3 to 4
inches. Be sure to watch for soil crusting, as it will lead to poor
If thinning is delayed until the plants are 3 inches tall,
those removed may be cooked greens, similar to spinach, or used in a salad.
Beets have a natural germination inhibitor that can be easily overcome
by soaking the seeds for an hour before sowing. Although beets grow well during
warm weather, the seedlings are established more easily under cool, moist
conditions. Make additional plantings every 15 days for continuous harvest.
Beets need an open area with light, well drained soil, that has plenty
of well rotted organic matter, and a pH of right around 7. The best quality
grow in temperatures of around 60F. Even, consistant moisture is also very
important. Drought will cause roots to become woody, and too much water will
cause excessive leaf growth, as well as split roots.
carrots, cucumber, lettuce. onions, and kohlrabi as companions. My favorite way
to eat beets is simply to roast them in the oven. It brings out the sugars, and
they are very sweet. My wife likes them raw, on a salad.
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