Learn how to grow beets easily and why you want to this year! Beets are super good for you, and versatile. Plus they’re really easy to grow, making them one of the best beginner plants, and foods, for your family garden!
What Are Beets Used For? Why YOU Want To Grow Beets:
Beets (the entire plant) are so packed full of healthy vitamins and minerals that they are considered a superfood! They’re a great source of vitamin B9, manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C.
Beets are super good for your heart, liver, gallbladder and digestive system! Athletes use beets to improve their performance, and for recovery as it reduces muscle soreness after workouts.
And on top of all that, Beets are full of fiber: one cup of beetroots have more than 3 grams of fiber!
All this is why you want to grow beets!
Are Beets Hard To Grow?
NO! Beets are not hard to grow at all! In fact, they are one of the easiest vegetables to grow!
That’s because they rarely have pest or disease problems, and grown in as little as 6-8 weeks! Plus you don’t have to do anything to them… Just plant, water, harvest and enjoy!
Beets are usually planted from seed each season, and sown directly into the garden soil! Beet seeds (like these ones) are a nice size, so they’re not too small to plant by hand, and don’t need to be pelleted for easy handling.
Sow beets seeds about 3 inches apart each, in rows at least 56 inches apart, so they have room to grow between them!
If you happen to plant beets closer, it is easy to do, then you’ll need to thin them so they can grow. Beets that are too close together never grow to a mature size.
Remember to mark your beet rows so you remember where they are!
When To Plant Beets
You can first plant beets 2-3 weeks before the last average frost date in your area each spring. And, You can succession plant beets every 1-3 weeks until temps get up to 80 degrees.
Then take a break, and start planting beets again in the fall! You can plant beets again in the late summer to early fall. Plant beets again 8 weeks before the first average frost date in autumn for your fall-winter beet crop!
How To Grow Beets
Beets don’t require fussing over, and you don’t need to stake them or anything, so they’re really easy to grow. After sowing seeds, get your watering system down. I like to use the little mist sprinklers that attach to the drip line.
Keep the soil your beets are planted in moist. If beets don’t get enough water, it can stunt their growth, producing a smaller beet.
Weed beets every week or two, so that your beets get all the nutrients from the soil they need.
And that’s it… Beets are easy to grow!
What Do Beets Need To Grow?
Beets are super selfless plants, because they don’t require much. All beets really need to grow is good soft loamy soil, regular watering, and plenty of sunshine!
The best soil for beets is a bit acidic, with a PH ranging between 6 and 7.5. If you have alkaline, clay, or hard… Just mix in a couple inches of compost! Plus: You can also add wood ashes, because wood ash is full of potassium and promote root growth!
Beets can be harvested after growing for 6-8 weeks! (Then you can plant more!)
You can tell that your beets are ready to be harvested when the crown (where the stems come out of the root) is 1-3 inches in diameter, you’re beets are ready to be picked!
Smaller beets are a bit more tender and tastier, and bigger beets are a bit harder and earthy in flavor. ( happen to like the earthy flavor, and it’s easier to peel larger beets so I pick them large. However, may people prefer a sweeter tenderer beet and harvest them small. Do what you like!
What happens if you leave beets in the ground too long?
If you wait too long to harvest your beets they big bigger and become harder and have a tougher texture. However, they are still good for you and have much nutritional value, so go ahead and cook them up!
Do Beets Come Back Every Year?
No, generally beets do not come back every year. In mild climates beets that aren’t harvested may live a couple seasons…. HOWEVER, beets are an annual plant, and need to be replanted each year.
As you harvest a beet, you remove the root so there is no more plant to keep growing.
Can You Leave Beets In The Ground Over Winter?
Yes, you can leave beets in the ground over winter for storage, and pull them for use when needed! This is a great way to store beets for use over winter if you’re like me and don’t have a root cellar!
Beets are a semi hardi, or frost tolerant, vegetable and can survive a freeze. However, if temps in your neck of the woods get much below 30 degrees during the winter, than you need to cover them!
To do this, you will need to cover your beet crop to protect the beetroot from freeze damage. Cover beet beds with about a foot of straw in the fall.
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