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Beautiful Beets

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Welcome to the satisfying, sweet world of beets! You can’t beat beets for flavor, nutrition, and beauty. And they are so easy to grow. Beets are a cold weather crop that look beautiful in your garden. The green and red veined leaves catch…  READ MORE right arrow
Norann Oleson, Editorial Director of Food Gardening Network
Beets are both sweet and earthy, and packed with nutrients from the tips of their leaves to the bottom of their roots. Both leaves and roots are edible, and gardeners should take advantage of their rich flavor and culinary versatility. From soup to salad, steamed, roasted, grilled, pickled…  READ MORE right arrow
Freshly picked beets


Beetroot picked from their planter
What gardeners in the U.S. call beets, the rest of the gardening world calls beetroot. This distinguishes the usually deep red beetroots that we eat from the bigger, longer white sugar beet that is grown to produce sugar.  READ MORE right arrow
Beet sprouts growing in the garden
You can grow beets from seeds or seedlings, but just like carrots, beets do better if you don’t disturb them once they’ve started growing. Ideally, you should just grow your beets from seeds. If you’re determined to start them ahead of time and transplant them, just plant your seeds to allow for the least disturbance possible of the seedlings’ roots.  READ MORE right arrow
New beetroot seedlings growing in the garden sun
Beets like a full day of sun—preferably at least six hours of direct sunlight. They’ll do OK in partial shade, but that could reduce the size of their roots. Don’t plant your beets under a tree where they might encounter tree roots. Beets need at least 3 to 6 inches for their roots to reach down, although some varieties need more than a foot.  READ MORE right arrow

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