Growing Beets – How To Grow Beets In The Garden

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By Kathee Mierzejewski

Many people wonder about beets and if they can grow them at home. These tasty red vegetables are easy to grow. When considering how to grow beets in the garden, remember that they do best in home gardens because they don’t require much room. Growing beets is done for both the red root and the young greens.

How to Grow Beets in the Garden

When thinking about how to grow beets in the garden, you should not neglect the soil. Beets do best in deep, well drained soil, but never clay. It is too heavy for large roots to grow. Clay soil should be mixed with organic matter help soften it.

Hard soil can cause the roots of the beet to be tough. Sandy soil is best. If you plant beets in the fall, you should use a slightly heavier soil to help protect against any early frost.

When to Plant Beets

Beets like cool weather. If you want to know when to plant beets, you would plant them during weather that is cool. They grow well in cool temperatures in spring and fall. They do very poor in hot weather.

If you have been wondering when to plant beets, you should remember that they can be grown all winter long in many southern states. In northern soils, beets should not be planted until the temperature of the soil is at least 40 degrees F.

When growing beets, make sure you plant the seeds one to two inches apart in the row. You can cover the seeds lightly with loose soil, and then sprinkle it with water. You should see the plants start growing in seven to 14 days. If you want a continuous supply, plant your beets in several plantings, about three weeks apart from each other.

You can plant them in partial shade, but when growing beets you want their roots to reach a depth of at least 3-6 inches, so don’t plant them under a tree where they might run into tree roots.

When to Pick Beets

Harvesting beets can be done seven to eight weeks after the planting of each group. When the beets have reached the desired size, gently dig them up from the soil.

Beet greens can be harvested as well. Harvest these while the beet is young and the root has not yet formed completely.

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