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Beets! A veggie for small container gardens.

by FigTree


Ooh la la- don't you just love a good beet!

Growing fresh beets is simple and very rewarding for all kitchen gardeners. Both the attractive red-veined leaves and roots are edible, and beets product a high yield in a small bed - a major bonus for you small space gardens.


Beets make a fine spring crop and a good second planting in midsummer and will yield a long lasting fall harvest. They are happy in any well amended soil with good drainage in full sun. 

Each big beet seed cluster is actually composed of 3 or 4 smaller seeds.  They will often all germinate in a clump- so make sure to plant them an inch apart and then thin them early. Begin thinning seedlings when they are just an inch or two tall to about 2 inches apart. Remove every other one along the row to give every plant more space. Then thin plants again as they grow until they are 3 or 4 inches apart.  Plan to harvest some of the roots at baby size of 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter, and let some grow to maturity at 3 to 4 inches.

Beet greens are genius for salads. The youngins can be put in a salad, and mature ones can be braised w/ chicken broth.

 

 



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Beets, vegetables, small gardens, container gardens, urban garden, organic container garden

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marcydiané commented on 06/01/12
Don&#x27;t hate -but I don&#x27;t really like beets, BUT my husband loves them. SO I grow them our of love.
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FigTree commented on 09/29/09
This is making me hungry and leaving me wishing for time to plant my fall veggies! Maybe this weekend. Beets are definitely on my list!
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gardengirl commented on 09/11/09

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