Beets are a favorite direct sow vegetable for spring or fall. With their earthy sweetness and rich color, beets are delicious pickled, roasted, steamed or baked. Tasty greens are a special treat. Very easy to grow.
Sow beet seeds in well-worked soil after danger of frost in spring. In frost free areas, sow in fall. Sow thinly in rows 12" apart and cover with 1/2" of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days.
How to Grow
Thin to stand about 3" apart when seedlings are 1-2" tall.
Pick the greens when they are 4-6" long and the roots are less than 2" in diameter. Store fall-harvested beets at 33-35°F at 95% humidity. Cook beet greens like spinach and can or pickle the roots. Beet roots can also be grilled, baked or broiled.