For a continuous supply of beets, plant seeds after last frost in short rows at monthly intervals until mid-summer. Plant beet seeds 1/2 to 1-inch deep in full sun. Seeds take 7-10 days to germinate and 50-80 days to mature. For tender roots, water frequently in dry weather. Beets like temperatures of 50-75 degrees.
Beets should be smooth, round and firm. Harvest when beets are between 1-inch and 3-inches wide. The larger beets are sweeter but also tougher. Beets can be picked for 4-6 weeks before they become too woody.
- Carrot weevils are present if chewed holes appear on leaves. Cover beets with agricultural fleece to prevent weevils from infesting crop.
- Mites are present if leaves become yellow, stippled and dry. Forcefully spray leaves with water to knock the mites off the leaves.
- Whitefly is present if leaves weaken, turn yellow and fall off. There will also be a honeydew secreted by the whiteflies. This causes fungus. Spray plants forcefully with water and rub the leaves with fingers to remove whiteflies.
Cooking with Beets
Roasted or grilled beets are a wonderful to addition to salads.
Nutrients in Beets
- Vitamin C