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How to Sow Beet Seeds Outside

When sowing outdoors, the soil must be warm enough in spring for seeds to germinate. Choose a dry day when the soil is moist to rake it to a fine, crumbly texture for sowing.
Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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Step 1: Create a Drill

For easy sowing, buy seeds that are attached at intervals to a biodegradable tape, which can simply be laid in the drill. For a straight row, pull a string line tight across the seed bed and make a V-shaped drill by dragging the corner of a hoe along the string. Make the drill about 1 inch deep for beet seeds (the depth varies for different crops).

Use Tight String to Make Straight Planting Row

Courtesy of DK - Vegetable Gardening © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2: Sow Seeds

Pour seeds into the palm of your hand and sow them one at a time at 2-inch intervals along the row. (Spacings vary for different seeds according to their size; tiny seeds should be sown as thinly and evenly as possible.)

Space Beet Seeds at Even Intervals Along Row

Courtesy of DK - Vegetable Gardening © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3: Push Soil Over Drill

As soon as sowing is complete, use the back of a rake to push the soil gently over the drill. Mark the row clearly with a plant label so you know what you have sown where, and don’t disturb the germinating seeds.

Use Back of Rake to Gently Push Soil Over Seeds

Courtesy of DK - Vegetable Gardening © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 4: Remove Excess Seedlings

Keep rows free of weeds. Remove excess seedlings by pulling them out with their roots, or pinching them off at soil level when they are large enough to handle. This ensures that the remaining plants have enough space.

Thin Out Seedlings to Create Space in Row

Courtesy of DK - Vegetable Gardening © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2007

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