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Step 1: Purchase the Seeds

Step 1: Purchase the Seeds

Beets are loved by many gardeners for their sweet and earthy flavor. They are a cool-weather crop that is easy to grow from seed.

Purchase the Seeds

Beets are loved by many gardeners for their sweet and earthy flavor. They are a cool-weather crop that is easy to grow from seed. Beets come in a wide variety of flavors and colors, including red, orange and candy-striped. Popular varieties include Detroit Dark Reds, Chioggia and Golden.

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Step 2: Prepare the Site for Beets

Step 2: Prepare the Site for Beets

Beets have long roots that reach deep into the soil, so prepare the bed well.

Prepare the Site

Pick a sunny spot in the garden. Beets have long roots that reach deep into the ground, so well-worked soil is important. Work some bone meal fertilizer into the bed to a depth of 12". If the soil is low on boron, dissolve 1 teaspoon of household borax into 4 quarts of water and work it into the bed.

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Step 3: Plant the Beets

Step 3: Plant the Beets

To sow beet seeds, follow the recommendations on the back of each seed packet for planting distances and depths.

Plant the Beets

Sow beet seeds in early spring, when the soil temperature has climbed above 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Form rows 1" deep and 12" apart. Space seeds approximately 2" to 4" apart. Cover the seeds with soil and water well.

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Step 4: Thin the Beets

Step 4: Thin the Beets

Beet seeds are actually tiny fruits that contain a cluster of several small seeds, so they always send up more than one seedling. One way to thin is to use a pair of scissors to cut the seedlings off at their base.

Thin the Beets

When the beets are 2" to 3" tall, generally five weeks after planting, they need to be thinned to one plant every 6". Use a pair of scissors to cut the seedlings off at the soil line. Avoid yanking any seedlings up, because that will disturb the roots of the plants that are left to grow.

Step 5

Cultivate the Beets

Beets do best if they have a consistent level of moisture while they are growing. Water the plants whenever the soil feels dry. Beets benefit from a light feeding of 05-10-10 fertilizer when they are 4" to 6" tall.

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Step 6: Harvest the Beets

Step 6: Harvest the Beets

To harvest, pull the beets up by hand or dig with a pitchfork. If eating the beets in the next few days, leave the greens attached.

Harvest the Beets

Beets are a relatively fast-growing crop, maturing in about 40 to 70 days after planting. Beets should be harvested while the root is still young and tender, about 2" or 3" across. Occasionally dig up a beet to see whether it's the right size. To harvest, simply pull the beets by hand or dig them up with a pitchfork.
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