Growing Beets - Benefits and Instructions

Benefits of Growing Beets

  • Long Season Crop - Plant Spring for Summer Harvest and Summer for Fall Harvest.  Frost tolerant
  • Multipurpose - harvest leaves or roots
  • Nutritional Profile -  Very rich in minerals, contains antioxidants
  • Use in: bortsch, dips, juicing, roasts, etc

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Growing Instructions


Sun Exposure: Choose a full sun location. Beets will grow in part sun but tuber production reduced, would be more suitable for baby beet or beet green producton
Soil:  Beets require a light, well-drained, cool soil with pH between 6.5 and 6.8. Compost or well-rotted manure along with pure wood ashes, as a supply of additional potassium, should be mixed well into the soil prior to planting.
Moisture: Keep well-watered as drought will result in tough or woody roots.
Planting:  Plant every two weeks, starting as early as soil can be worked until late
Spacing:   Plant 9 beets per square foot of growing space using Square Foot Gardening Method.  
Sow seeds directly into the garden thinly 1⁄2-1 inch deep Soil temperature should be 18-24 degrees C for optimal germination but will germinate in cooler soil



Young and tender beet leaves can be used as greens. Dig or pull roots when 2-3 inches in diameter or desired size.


Beets are best pickled for off grid storage or stored in moist sand in a cool room.


Bush bean, cabbage family, corn, leek, lettuce, onion, radish.

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