How to Grow Beets

Beets are a nutritious root vegetable that can be grown in the spring and fall. They are easy to grow and can be harvested at various stages. Here�s a guide to growing beets organically.

Essentials

  • Beet seeds
  • Rich, well-draining soil
  • Compost
  • Watering can or hose

Variety Selection

Choose from several beet varieties:

  • Detroit Dark Red: Deep red roots, sweet flavor.
  • Golden: Yellow roots, mild flavor.
  • Chioggia: Striped roots, tender texture.

Soil Preparation

Beets prefer loose, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0:

  1. Tilling: Loosen soil to a depth of 8-10 inches (20-25 cm).
  2. Composting: Add 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm) of compost.

Planting Beet Seeds

Sow seeds directly in the garden:

  1. Spacing: Plant seeds 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) deep, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart.
  2. Rows: Space rows 12-18 inches (30-45 cm) apart.

Watering and Mulching

Maintain consistent moisture:

  • Watering: Water regularly, especially during dry periods.
  • Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch to retain moisture and suppress weeds.

Organic Fertilizing

Beets benefit from organic feeding:

  • Use compost tea or a balanced organic fertilizer every 3-4 weeks.

Harvesting Beets

Harvest beets when they reach desired size:

  • Method: Gently pull roots from the soil.

Storing Beets

Beets are best used fresh but can be stored for short periods:

  • In the Fridge: Store in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer. Use within a week.
  • In a Cool, Dry Place: Store beets in a cool, dry place for up to 3 months.

Growing Tips

  • Sow seeds every 2-3 weeks for a continuous harvest.
  • Rotate crops annually to prevent disease.

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