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Friday, April 29, 2011
Who Said You Can't Grow Beets in Flats and Transplant Them: Yeah it was me
I saw a video that had beets growing in a flat for transplanting. I wrote about it a bit back and tried it. Here is the final transplant. Again, it is best to transplant on cloudy days. I planted a spinach flat and beet flat. They stayed outside the whole time and handled the frost fine.
They Look Great!
This saves so much time and room in the garden. I gave the extra to my neighbor. I am going to say it was fully successful even though I only transplanted them 3 days ago. I have no doubt they will grow. And I think the beets will be perfectly fine.
I transplanted them with a spoon. It is in the beet flat above. I just spooned them out. Beets need to be thinned to 1 plant per spot. The key was to get a lot of soil from the flat.
Spooning out a beet from a flat
I planted the spinach the same way. In this plot I rotated spinach beet spinach. I think I did two or three rows.
Spinach being lifted with a spoon
The final transplant. Not bad!
Some quick pictures of thinning the beets. A beet seed is actually a pod with several seeds in it. You are actually planting a bunch of beets in one spot. If more then 1 seed comes up, you have to thin them.