Beets, which are known botanically as Beta Vulgaris, are a type of vegetable that can easily be grown at home. Continue reading to learn the basics of growing beets as well as common mistakes to avoid along the way.
Best Time to Plant Beets
This will depend largely on your local climate, but as a rule of thumb, begin to plant the beet seeds early spring, as soon as the soil is workable. This is the best time to ensure that the seedlings survive the weather.
To check when beets are most likely to thrive in your area, see the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. If you live outside the US, do a quick search for ‘plant hardiness zone + [city]’.
How to Plant Beets the Right Way
There are a number of things to consider that will help you avoid some of the common mistakes of growing beets in your home garden.
Often overlooked, your soil can have a huge impact on how well your beets grow. Generally, your soil should be sandy soil in the spring and heavier soil in the fall. Soil PH levels should be around around 6.5.
roughly 18″ apart in rows. roughly 4″ apart in rows. The seeds should be sowed at a depth of about 1″. For each plant, be sure to sow at least a few seeds to ensure that at least one of them will germinate.
Begin thinning your beet seedlings the plants should be 2 to 3 inches apart.
How Much Sunlight is Needed to Grow Beets
How Much to Water Beets
How Long Does it Take Beets to Germinate and Grow?
When to Harvest Beets
The best time to harvest your beets is when roots are 3″ in diameter.
Beets can grow up to about 2 to 3 inches in diameter. .
What Can Beets Be Used For?
Food Use: roasted, boiled or steamed and cut into thin slices, cubes or chunks
Flavor Profile: Incredibly sweet taste for beets.
Can Beets Grow in Pots and Containers?
Yes, you will ideally need a 12″+ containerfor each plant. This can help control weeds and keep your plant from growing out of control.
It also gives you the flexibility to move your beets around if you need to adjust sunlight or bring it indoors to avoid harsh weather conditions.
Are Beets Safe for Bees?
Yes, beets are safe for bees.
According to GreenPeace.org, bees pollinate human food crops that make up about 90% of the world’s nutrition.
Given their importance in our ecosystem and food supply, I feel it is important to note that growing beets is bee-friendly.