how do i grow beets?
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.
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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.
Helpful Tips and Tricks
Try harvesting beets at difference sizes to see which flavour you like the best!
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.