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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Planting Beets in Rows

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Beets are a great vegetable for a garden. A fresh beet drips with flavor. There is nothing like a sweet fresh beet. By the time you buy them from market, they have lost a lot of moisture and simply aren't as sweet and delicious. Beet leaves are great in salads too!

Planting a beet is best done in rows. You can plant them around 1/2 inch down and 2 inches to 4 inches apart. At 2 inches you will have to pick some beets on the smaller end to allow other beets to get to full size and sometimes that is as big as a baseball. Your choice.

Beet Seeds - The Rusted Garden: Gary Pilarchik

Beet Rows and Spacing: Gary Pilarchik

I am plant a round variety of beet that gets large, so I space my seeds visualizing how mature beets would look or at the size I want to pick them. I plant my seeds accordingly. If you are planting cylindrical beets than you can plant them closer together.

Remember the beet seed in the picture is actually a pod or cluster of beet seeds. You will have to thin them to one plant per spot.

Beet Seed Spacing - The Rusted Garden: Gary Pilarchik

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