Beets

Beets:

 

  • Why you should grow it
    • Can ‘pop’ in beets almost anywhere
    • Does need good sun, but will grow in partial sun
    • The leaves are also edible!
    • Leave them in the ground until you’re ready to eat them
      • Pick them through the fall and winter
      • They can survive light frost
    • They grow quickly
    • You can get a spring crop and a fall crop

 

  • How to start seeds
    • Needs consistent moisture to sprout
    • Can start indoors with containers that you can directly plant
      • Toilet roll
      • Peat / Coconut coir pots
    • Be careful to transplant as the root is the main edible part
    • They like cooler soil to germinate
      • Shade the soil or plant under taller plants if you’re planting later in the season
  • Tips for growth
    • Thin out seedlings when they start to sprout
      • good spacing is essential for bigger beets
    • Plant alongside brassicas, bush beans, corn, garlic, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, and mint
    • You can even use mint leaves as mulch
    • Avoid planting near pole beans and field mustard

 

  • Harvesting
    • Loosen the soil around the beet
    • Depending on the variety, they can be from 6″ to 12″ in diameter
    • Pull from the roots of the leaves

 

  • Saving Seeds
    • You’ll have to wait until the following year to save the seeds, they are biennial
    • Leave the beets in the ground adding a floating row cover, mulch and anything else to insulate the beets
    • You can carefully dig them out and store in sand in a cool, dark place – a root cellar is ideal, hence the name!
    • Replant beets or remove insulation in the spring
    • Beets will flower and seeds will be ready to harvest in late spring