Sweet, colorful and packed with nutrients, beets are an unbeatable summer vegetable. You can pickle them up for a star side dish at the 4th of July barbecue, add them to a summer salad or even grill them alone or on skewers. Beets are a great beginners’ veggie as they’re not hard to grow and work really well in raised bed gardens. Read on for a crash course on how to grow beets in your own backyard.
Types of Beets
There are a number of types of beet seeds that are popular for planting in raised garden beds, including:
|Beet Varieties||Days Until Mature|
|Heirloom varieties like Detroit Dark Red, Sangria and Sweetheart||Approx. 56-58 days|
|Miniature beets like little Ball and Little Mini Ball (tiny & tender beets)||Approx. 50-54 days|
|Golden beets (mild and vibrantly colored)||Approx. 55 days|
|Di Chiogga Italian beets (feature bold red & white stripes; fast-growing||Approx. 55 days|
|Green top bunching – a favorite of those who like to eat their beet greens||Approx. 65 days|
Best Bets for Beets
It’s not hard to master how to grow beets in raised garden beds. For best results, follow these tips:
- Choose the Right Beds. As root vegetables, beets need room to grow. Look for raised garden beds that are 8 to 12 inches high, such as our 8′ x 8′ x 12in. Western Red Cedar Raised Bed Garden. A deeper planter box like our 19-inch Milano Cedar Planter will also work nicely for beet growing.
- Go Deep. Plant your seeds about 3/4 inch deep in the planter. A light, sandy soil is the best type to help beets grow as deeply as possible.
- Give Them Some Space. Ideally, beet plants should be about 2 to 3 inches apart when they’re fully mature. Spreading seeds at least an inch apart in all directions will give you the perfect spacing.
- Fight Dry Conditions. Beets need moisture to thrive, so if summer rainstorms are scarce, you’ll need to supplement their water. A system like our Oasis Self Watering Kit can simplify the process for you and provide ample water for up to 20 plants.
- Don’t Wait Too Long Too Harvest. One of the biggest mistakes that those new to beet growing make is waiting until their beets are huge to pluck them out of the soil. Your beets will be sweeter if you pick them when they’re about the size of a golf ball, roughly 1-1/2 inches in diameter.
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