Growing Beets In Your Vegetable Garden
Beets are edible garden plants native to the Mediterranean. They are grown all over the world, since they are easy to grow and they thrive in most climates, although they do not appreciate extreme cold or heat. Beets tend to be readily available in canned form in many grocery stores, and they can also be found fresh in grocer’s and farmers’ markets. A closely related plant, Swiss chard, is also very popular. Growing beets in your vegetable garden is easy. Like other root crops, they require a nice, well-cultivated soil and a good supply of water, but little expertisse is required. In northern soils, beets shouldn’t be planted until the temperature of the soil is at least 40 F. (4 C.). Beets like cool weather. If you want to know when to plant beets, it’s best to plant them during cool weather. They grow well in cool temperatures in spring and fall and do poorly in hot weather. When growing beets, plant the seeds 1 to 2 inches apart in the row. Cover the seeds lightly with loose soil, and then sprinkle it with water. You should see the plants sprouting in seven to 14 days.
If you want a continuous supply, plant your beets in several plantings, about three weeks apart from each other. You can plant beets in partial shade, but when growing beets, you want their roots to reach a depth of at least 3-6 inches, so don’t plant them under a tree where they might run into tree roots. Harvesting beets in your vegetable garden can be done seven to eight weeks after the planting of each group. When the beets have reached the desired size, gently dig them up from the soil.