beets

Asked July 26, 2015, 4:41 PM EDT

What is the best way to plant beets?

Delaware

1 Response

Beets are easy to grow. Direct seed sowing is preferable to transplants. There are a number of beet varieties available. Larger varieties make nice even slices. Smaller varieties are good for canning and pickling.

Beets grow best in full sun and well-drained soil. Prepare the bed by working the soil to a depth of 8 to 10 inches clear rocks and debris, then amend with compost. Sow beet seeds to a depth of 1⁄2 to 1 inch and space rows 12 to 18 inches apart. Beets should be thinned when 1 to 2 inches high, leaving 3 inch spacing between the plants.

The recommended plant time in Delaware is: spring - late March to mid May, fall – late July to late August.

For more information on beet varieties:
http://vegvariety.cce.cornell.edu/main/showVarieties.php?searchCriteria=beet&searchIn=1&crop_id=0&sortBy=overallrating&order=DESC&sideSearch=Search

For more information on growing beets:

https://extension.umd.edu/growit/vegetable-profiles-beets