How To Plant Beets In Your Garden
Last year I decided I was going to be a seed collector.
Just to see if I could do it.
The easiest thing for me to collect was beet seeds. I let 2 of my beets ‘go to seed’ just so I could collect the seeds. Going to seed means that the plant is done growing and has moved on to the reproductive part of its life. In beets, a shoot comes up from the center of the leaves and little star like seeds form along the stalk.
I let them dry on the stalk till early September and then pluck them off the stalk. Once I am sure they are dry I stored them in a dry container. Any moisture could produce mold or start the seeds sprouting. Store appropriately.
Step 1. Clear away the location for your beets. Be sure to choose full sun, at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight.
Step 2. Loosen the soil with a shovel, rake or trowel. Make sure the top 2″ of soil is loose.
Step 3. Make holes 2-3″ apart and 1 ” deep. I used my uber-fancy pencil to help do the trick.
We planted just 1 row this year. But if you plant multiple rows be sure the space them 4″ apart.
Step 4. Plant 3-4 seeds in each hole. Seeds like to grow in clumps. Give them friends to hold onto and they will produce better beets.
Step 5. Close up the holes. My daughter uses the ‘smash it with your palm’ technique.
I use the ‘close it in with your toe’ technique. Give them a drink and wait for them to grow.
Harvest when the ‘shoulders’ of the beet are sticking up out of the ground and the beet is nice and plump.
Learn How I:
- Turn over our garden HERE.
- Make a Tomato Cage HERE.
- Plant the Perfect Tomato HERE.
- Plant Garlic HERE.
- Plant Peas HERE.
- Plant Rhubarb HERE.
I plant beets so I can pickle them earn how I do this HERE.