Planting & Care
Planting: In early Spring, when the danger of hard frost is over, sow seeds in well-worked, fertile soil in full sun. Sow seeds 1" dep and 1" apart in rows of 10" apart, or broadcast thinly for bed planting. Firm soil well over these irregularly shaped seeds to ensure good germination. If first sowing germinates unevenly, replant more seed in the rows as seedlings will catch up fast. Carefully thin when seedlings are large enough to handle to stand 3" to 4" apart so roots have room to grow and mature.
Growing: For best quality, tender roots, sow seeds before midsummer heat and again in early fall at least 10 weeks before fall frosts. Keep soil evenly moist throughout the growing season. Be sure to thin beet seedlings carefully several times when plant sare small as they'll grow best if given enough room.
Harvest & Use: After thinning seedlings, use tender young tops for nutritious, flavorful steamed greens. Harvest baby beets at 1" - 2" in diameter, or let roots grow as large as desired. Garden fresh beets cook quickly. They are delicious steamed, boiled, or baked whole in their skins like potatoes, then peeled for wonderful color and sweet concentrated flavor.