My beets have made tops the last two years with hardly any bottoms. What do I...

Asked July 15, 2014, 1:14 PM EDT

My beets have made tops the last two years with hardly any bottoms. What do I need to amend the soil?

St. Louis County Minnesota

1 Response

Common reasons are planting too closely or over-fertilizing (too much nitrogen).

The best thing you could do would be have your soil tested (http://soiltest.cfans.umn.edu/tests/lawn-garden-turf/). The test will tell you if you need to add any fertilizer.

Beets like loose soil, unlike our native rocky clay. Adding compost or other organic matter will help.

Here is a little more on growing beets:
http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/1000/1604.html
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/vegetables/growing-carrots-and-root-vegetables/

Please feel free to reply if you need any additional information.