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Curated for container and raised bed gardening, each seed pack represents 1 square foot of garden space - Perfect for planning your LifeSpace Garden.
Beets are a dinner table favourite and a great vegetable to grow in your container. They are a multipurpose veggie; you can eat the whole root or just the greens. They have a deep taproot, so a self watering container is the ideal environment for beets.
Beets are mostly pest and disease free and they are resistant to both fall and spring frosts, which makes them a very durable and hardy vegetable. In the summer, when the weather is hot the roots may get very hard.
Seeds per Pack: 18-22 | Spacing per square foot: 9
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How Do I Grow Beets?
Beet seeds are actually compound seeds, which means they have as many as half a dozen seeds packed into one. Before planting pre-soak the seeds for several hours to encourage germination. Once your seeds are pre-soaked, plant 1/2" inch deep at a spacing of 9 per square-foot. If you are planting for Fall and Winter harvest, direct seed them into the garden in August and September. Beets, like all root vegetables, don't like to be moved once they've been planted so try to avoid transplanting.
Once they have germinated, you will need to thin beets to the appropriate square-foot spacing. Root vegetables are very sensitive to overcrowding. If more than one beet has sprouted from the same spot, decide which one looks stronger and remove the weaker one by pinching the top off. If you plan on harvesting them young, you don't have to worry about thinning and can overseed a bit.
Harvest the greens by cutting the outer leaves individually, try not to take more than one or two leaves from each plant. Beet roots are at their best and most tender when they are half size, so harvest the roots when they are about the size of a ping pong to tennis ball. You can check the size of the roots by digging around the root with your fingers to uncover the top and check the size. If you are harvesting in the Fall and Winter months, beets will lay dormant in the ground, ready for harvest when you want them!
When you are harvesting the tops leave 1 inch of stem attached to the roots to prevent them from bleeding.
Greens 1 cup: Vitamin A (48%), Vitamin C (19%), Vitamin K (190%), Potassium (8%)
Roots 1 cup: Protein (4%), Vitamin C (11%), Folate (37%), Manganese (22%), Potassium (13%), Magnesium (8%)
Preparing and using
Use the beet’s greens whole or chopped in fresh salads. Beets can be served boiled, steamed, roasted or grilled.
Helpful Tips and Tricks
Try harvesting beets at difference sizes to see which flavour you like the best!