Beet Sweet Merlin - Renee's Garden
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|Row Spacing||8 in|
|Plant Spacing||3-4 in.
|Planting depth||1/2 in|
|Days to Germination||5-10 days|
|Approx. days to harvest
Start Seeds Outdoors In early spring, when danger of hard frost is over, sow seeds in well-worked, fertile soil in full sun. Sow seeds 1 in. apart and 1/2 in. deep in rows 8 in. apart, or broadcast thinly for bed planting. Firm soil well over these irregularly shaped seeds to ensure good germination. If first sowing germinates unevenly, plant more seed as seedlings will catch up fast. Carefully thin young seedlings to 3-4 in. apart so individual beets have room to size up.
For best quality beets, sow seeds before midsummer heat and again in early fall. Keep soil evenly moist throughout the growing season. Be sure to thin beet seedlings carefully several times as they grow best when given enough room.
Harvest and Use: Harvest mature beets when at least several inches in diameter or size them up even bigger. Cut off the tops and reserve. Wash the roots, wrap in foil and then roast to perfection in a preheated 350F oven until tender when pierced - takes at least an hour, depending on your oven. Cool, peel, slice and enjoy with butter and chopped fresh herbs. Or simply peel, slice and add roasted beets to salads. Steam the tender beet tops for tasty and nutritious greens.