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Fruit and Vegetable Gardening A-Z: Beets

A Guide to Gardening, Growing and Harvesting Edibles

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High in vitamin A and C, these plants have edible tops and roots. Put simply, beets can't be beat!

Hardiness Zones:
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).

Conditions:
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.

Space Needed:
Thin the seeds to about 4 inches apart.
Maintenance:
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.

Average Yield:
One packet of seeds will feed two people throughout the growing season. 

Continuous Yield:
No

Life Cycle:
Annual

Difficulty Rating (1-5): 1

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Jenny Sigler Jenny Sigler
Jenny is a stay-at-home mom to her young children, Augustine and Olive. An avid gardener and baker, she enjoys writing about health and childcare topics to empower people to make healthy choices. See all of Jenny's articles.

Member Comments

  • I love beets and beet tops! I grow them almost every year in my garden. When I don't, they are pretty reasonable at our farmers' market so I buy them there. - 3/27/2012 10:06:13 AM
  • I hope you can help me with me beets - 3 yrs ago I had a very successful beet season, last year and this year it appears something eats the beet greens & then the beet bulb does not grow. A friend suggested spraying the greens with a hot pepper/water mix (as I want to grow as organic as possable). It has worked a bit, but it is also very tiem consuming to go out & spary after every watering & rain. Any suggestions as to keeping my beet greens so I can get a successful harvest? Thank you - 8/13/2010 7:42:23 AM
  • Great article. Thanks. - 4/30/2009 3:44:10 PM

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