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Beets! Beets! Beets! Growing and using beets grown from seed.

Beets! Beets! Beets! Growing and using beets grown from seed.

Are you looking to grow your own delicious and nutritious red beets? Look no further! In this blog post, we will share expert tips on how to grow the best red beets from seed. Whether you are a seasoned gardener or a beginner, these tips will help you achieve a bountiful harvest of red beets.

Why Choose Detroit Dark Red Beet?

When it comes to red beets, the Detroit Dark Red Beet is our most popular variety. This variety is known for its deep red color, sweet flavor, and tender texture. It is perfect for roasting, juicing, or adding to salads. With its high sugar content, the Detroit Dark Red Beet is a favorite among beet lovers.

Detroit Dark Red Beets grown from seed and displayed on a wooden background outdoors.

What About Cylindra Beet?

If you are looking for a beet variety that is great for canning, the Cylindra Beet is the way to go. This beet is known for its elongated shape, which makes it ideal for slicing and canning. The Cylindra Beet retains its shape and flavor even after being cooked, making it a popular choice for preserving.

Cylindra beets grown from seed resting on a white background.

How to Grow Red Beets from Seed

Now that you know about the different beet varieties, let's dive into the process of growing red beets from seed. Follow these steps to ensure a successful beet harvest:

1. Prepare the Soil

Red beets thrive in well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Before planting, amend the soil with compost or well-rotted manure to improve its fertility. Remove any rocks or debris that may hinder root growth.

2. Sow the Seeds

Sow the beet seeds directly into the prepared soil. Plant the seeds about 1 inch deep and 2 inches apart. If you are planting in rows, space the rows about 12 inches apart to allow for proper growth and airflow.

3. Water Regularly

Beets need consistent moisture to grow properly. Water the plants regularly, keeping the soil evenly moist. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to rotting of the roots. Mulching around the plants can help retain moisture and suppress weeds.

4. Thin the Seedlings

Once the seedlings have emerged, thin them to ensure proper spacing. Thin the plants to about 3-4 inches apart to allow room for the beets to develop. Use the thinned seedlings in salads or as microgreens.

5. Harvesting

Red beets are ready to harvest when they reach the desired size, usually around 2-3 inches in diameter. Gently pull the beets out of the ground, taking care not to damage the roots. Remove the tops, leaving about an inch of stem attached to the beet.

How to Use Beets

Now that you have grown your own red beets, it's time to enjoy them! Beets can be used in a variety of delicious ways. Here are a few ideas:

- Roast them in the oven with olive oil, salt, and pepper for a simple and flavorful side dish.

- Grate them and add them to salads for a vibrant pop of color and earthy flavor.

- Juice them with other fruits and vegetables for a nutritious and refreshing drink.

- Pickle them for a tangy and crunchy addition to sandwiches and salads.

With these tips, you are well on your way to growing the best red beets from seed. Whether you choose the Detroit Dark Red Beet or the Cylindra Beet, you can enjoy the satisfaction of harvesting your own homegrown beets. Happy gardening!

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