30 Second Guide to Growing Beets

Posted May 8, 2017 by Lauren Dibble in Gardening / 1 Comment

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In this series I’m compiling the quick and dirty info on growing specific vegetables. Just the basics. No fluff, no frills. When you’re sitting down in the late Winter, surrounded by seed catalogs, and your garden plan in front of you, you want a quick reference. How far apart can you plant? What pH do they need? How much water? What vegetables can you plant next to others? Which should you avoid?

This quick and dirty 30 second guide to Beets should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a quick cheat sheet like this, so hopefully you’ll find it useful too!

Beets

I avoided beets for the longest time. They smelled gross! Like dirt! Why would I want to eat dirt?

Finally I had pickled beets and fell in love!

My step-daughter went through a phase where she started turning her nose up at everything. He offered her beets one day and this is how it went:

“What’s that?” He said

“Beets.”

“Ew! I don’t like beets!”

“They’re candy.”

“OO! I like candy!”

And she ate the entire bowl. I will fully admit they do have a distinct, earthy, full-bodied taste, but it’s so, so worth it. We always strive to add more color to our diet, and beets are a nutritious, colorful food.

Beets are a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. Betalains have been proven to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification properties. It’s also full of folate, manganese and potassium.

If you’re growing Beets this year, here’s what you need to know:

Soil pH

6.2-7

Sunlight

6-8 hours

Water

1-1.5 inches per week

Planting Time

Direct sow as soon as you can work the soil

Compatible With

Cabbage, Corn, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Radishes

Avoid Planting With

Pole Beans

Spacing

4 inches apart, in rows 12 inches apart

Maintenance

Low maintenance. Weed and water regularly.

Harvesting Fruit

45-65 days

Saving The Seeds

Beets and swiss chard will cross-pollinate, so avoid planting them in the same year if you want to harvest the seeds. They can cross-pollinate up to 5 miles of distance.

Beets will set seeds only after they’ve been planted, matured, and allowed to over-winter. The next Spring they will go to seed.

Allow the seed pods to mature and dry on the stalk before harvesting.


One response to “30 Second Guide to Growing Beets

  1. When I was a girl, my grandmother would dig up beets, scrub them, and pressure cook them in the skins. When they were done, she would slip the skins off and serve the piping hot with butter and black pepper. I remember being about three watching her hands turn purple as she peeled them. I love beets fresh from the garden. (But, I loathe the pickled ones. I never did like them, and my grandmother won prizes at the fair for hers. I think she was a little disappointed in me for not liking them! lol) Thanks, for sharing. I’m compiling a list of gardening information. I’m still a novice in the garden!

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