How to Grow Beets
**Beets are an amazing vegetable: they are extremely nutritious and you can eat both the beets and the greens.
**Beets are best eaten young/small because that is when they are their sweetest and tastiest.
**One of the best things about beets is that you can sow them throughout the year for an almost continuous supply.
How to Grow Beets: Position of Plants:
**They do best in a sunny position, in a light, sandy soil.
**They prefer a soil of pH 6.5-7.0. Click here for a soil testing kit.
**Try to sow beets through the year so that you have a regular, continuous supply. Start in early spring by sowing seeds indoors and use bolt-resistant varieties. In late spring, when the risk of frost has passed, begin sowing directly outdoors.
**Beet seeds can be difficult to germinate. Soak the seeds in warm water for 30 minutes before sowing them in order to soften them and wash out the germination inhibitor.
**Thin out the weakest plantlings so that the plants are approx. 2 inches apart in rows that are 6 inches apart.
**Once the plants are established and the roots are starting to swell, water moderately unless the conditions are very dry.
**Overwatering will only encourage leaf growth but underwatering will cause the outer leaves to turn yellow and the roots to become woody.
**Keep your rows well weeded and give them a boost of fish emulsion (like this one) once or twice to give them some extra nitrogen, manganese, and boron.
Do you grow Beets? What is your favorite Variety?
For further reading on Beets:
**Learn how to make Dehydrated Beet Chips from It’s a Love/Love Thing