Beet, Detroit Dark Red

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Geography/History:
Detroit Dark Red beet is an old time heirloom favorite dating back to 1892.  Gardeners today still contend this is their favorite variety for a dependable root harvest.

Nutritional Value:
It contains a number of nutrients including Iron, Calcium, Folic Acid and Vitamins A, B and C vitamins. It is also a good anti-oxidant that can help to fight of cancer. They have one of the highest sugar contents of all vegetables, yet are low in calories.

Sun:                                      Full Sun

Spacing:                               3

Height:                                  8 – 10 inch

Optimum Soil Ph:                  7.0

Days To Maturity:                 59

Sowing Method:                    Outdoor

Planting/Growing Tips:
Beet seeds can be planted in early spring or midsummer.  Soak seeds overnight in damp towel before planting for excellent germination.  Plant beet seeds 1” apart and thin weakest seedlings to desired spacing.  Keep soil evenly moist to prevent beet roots from getting woody.  For longer harvest, stagger beet plantings every 2-3 weeks.

 

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