Fruit and Vegetable Gardening A-Z: BeetsA Guide to Gardening, Growing and Harvesting Edibles
-- By Jenny Sigler, SparkPeople Contributor
High in vitamin A and C, these plants have edible tops and roots. Put simply, beets can't be beat!
5-10 (Find your hardiness zone.)
When to Plant:
Directly sow beets every two weeks in a sunny location, starting as soon as the danger of frost passes and until August (for a continuous harvest).
Beets enjoy a slightly acidic soil (pH around 6.5). They also like an extra bit of nitrogen, so side dress yours with blood, bone meal or nitrogen-enriched compost.
Thin the seeds to about 4 inches apart.
Be sure to water well. Enjoy the beet greens you cut (or thin), which taste like mustard greens, in salads if you choose.
When to Harvest:
When the bulbous root reaches 2-3 inches in size, your beets are ready to be picked, although smaller beets are fine, too. Do not let them get bigger or they take on a woody taste.
One packet of seeds will feed two people throughout the growing season.
Difficulty Rating (1-5): 1