How to Grow Beets: 5 Simple Steps for a Bumper Crop

How to Grow Beets: 5 Simple Steps for a Bumper Crop

What Time of The Year is Most Suitable for Planting Beets?

The environment and the type of beets being grown determine the best time to plant them. As I have researched, beets generally favor cool climates and can withstand light frost. They can be sown either in late summer for a harvest in the fall or in early spring as soon as the soil is workable.

In milder climes, certain types can be planted in the early fall for a harvest in the winter. It's best to check with your local agricultural extension or gardening center for specific recommendations on the best planting time in your area.


Growing Beets

If you adhere to these comprehensive instructions, growing beets is a rather simple process:

Step 1: Variety selection

Based on your climate, soil type, and preferred harvest period, select a beet variety. Golden, Chioggia, and Detroit Dark Red are a few popular kinds.

Step 2: Soil

Beets need well-drained soil with a pH range of 6.0 to 7.5. To prepare the soil, remove any weeds, rocks, or other objects. Compost or other organic material can be added to boost fertility and moisture absorption.

Step 3: Planting

Directly put the seeds into the ground, averaging 1 inch deep and 2-3 inches apart in rows spaced 12 to 18 inches apart. Every two weeks, plant beet seeds for a constant crop.

Step 4: Watering

Regularly water the seeds to maintain moist but not soggy soil. Avoid overhead irrigation to avoid

Step 5: Thinning

To give the plants room to grow, thin them when they are 2-3 inches tall, spacing them about 4-6 inches apart. Use the plants that were trimmed as microgreens or in salads.

Step 6: Fertilization 

About four to six weeks after planting, fertilize the plants with a balanced fertilizer. During the growing season, you can also side-dress the plants with aged manure or compost.

Step 7: Weeding

Regularly hoeing or pulling weeds out of the soil will keep it clear of them. Mulching the plants can also aid in moisture retention and weed control.

Step 8: Harvesting

When the beets are the right size and mature, which is usually 60 days after planting for baby beets or 80–90 days for full-size beets, they are ready to be harvested. Take the beets out of the ground gently, and then store them somewhere cool, dark, and dry.

By following these steps, you can successfully grow beets in your own garden and enjoy their versatility and nutrition in various culinary applications.


Beets Growing Questions

1. How much sun do beets need?

Beets can take some shade, but they require at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. They enjoy cooler weather and are tolerant of light frost. In hotter climates, planting beets in part shade or in the fall and winter can help plants avoid bolting or developing harsh roots.

2. Are beets easy to grow?

Yes, beets are relatively easy to grow as long as you provide them with the right growing conditions and care. They can tolerate a wide range of soil types, but they prefer well-draining soil with a pH of 6.0-7.5. Beets need regular watering, especially during dry spells, but avoid overwatering, as it can cause the roots to rot.

Fertilize beets with a balanced fertilizer or compost tea every 3-4 weeks to encourage growth. Be sure to thin the seedlings to prevent overcrowding and disease. With a little attention and care, you can have a successful beet crop that yields delicious and nutritious beets.


Final Thought

After a year of gardening, I have gained more experience and gradually become more and more interested in this hobby. Having your own vegetable garden is great and enjoyable. Below are my experience and research about growing beets with the hope that everyone can have a pretty harvest.

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