Web Extras: Tips for Growing Beets

Written by Vermont Life on . Posted in Taste of the Landscape, Web Exclusives

bag of beets

See the Spring 2013 issue of Vermont Life for recipes featuring beets. Photo by Andrew Wellman.

Beets were the featured ingredient in the Spring 2013 Out to Eat Cooking in Season department. Beets are fairly easy to grow in Vermont, and if you’re ready to try, Paul Betz of High Mowing Seeds has shared the following tips for growing these earthy vegetables.

  • One thing to keep in mind is that a beet seed is actually a fruit, and there are multiple seeds present.
  • Thinning your beets might be really helpful for getting big beets. Try for an inch or two between them for beets big enough to store. You can eat the thinnings.
  • Beets that are grown for their tops can be sown more thickly.
  • Certain varieties of beets are better for early spring and for greens, while others are better for large roots for storing. Read the descriptions in the High Mowing Seeds catalog and think about the time of year you will be planting your beets. Early Wonder Tall Top is a great beet for spring and greens, Red Ace F1 is a great all-around beet, Boro F1 will get really big for storage and still have nice, quality roots.
  • Beets don’t really like a weedy bed; keep the garden clean for best results.

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