Field of Beets
Beets (60 days from seed)
Beets are a cool weather crop. In Texas, most locations can get two crops. In the spring plant about thirty days before the last frost date and in the fall plant from mid to late September.
Soak seeds for an hour or two before planting in a solution of 2 oz. of Nature's Guide Root Stimulator per gallon of water. The actual seeds are very very small and each rough pod contains a number of tiny seeds. Soaking allows them to sprout faster without the need for “soaking” in the ground.
In well prepared soil make a trench with a hoe or sharp stick 3/4 to 1 inch deep. Plant the seeds about an inch apart.
When seedlings are about three or four inches tall, thin by removing less vigorous plants. Thinnings make a nutritious addition to salads. Water weekly with Nature's Guide Liquid Seaweed mixed 2 oz to a gallon of water.
Thin more as the beet roots begin grow to leave room for the bulb to spread.
Harvest when at one to one and a half inches in diameter. Any larger and the flesh can become tough and pithy.