DAYS TO HARVEST
Sow beets ~1/2-1″ deep after soil has warmed to around 45 degrees.
Prefers full sun
pH 6.5 – 6.8. can tolerate a pH of 6.2 – 7.
Beet seeds are actually a cluster of ~2-6 seeds. Sow thinly about 1-3″ apart. After germination, snip or pull out the weaker seedlings out of the cluster.
Beets can tolerate some cold and roots can remain in the ground until a hard freeze.
Thin beets to about 3-4″ apart, utilizing the beet greens in salads and baby beets as you wish. Beets can be harvested at full size or anytime after their tops have poked up out of the ground. Beets may be left for a week or two after maturity in the soil to increase their storage time, however, their texture will become slightly woody.
Beets grow well when paired with beans, leeks, kohlrabi, garlic, and onions.
USES & COOKING SUGGESTIONS
In January 2015, Huffington Post collected 30 Beet Dishes That’ll Convince You to Try Something New. We are particularly intrigued by the Beet and Goat Cheese Hummus and French “Peasant” Beets. Please share if you try any and what you think of them!