Beets have been cultivated since pre-historic times in the Mediterranean area and were originally grown only for their leaves. During the Roman empire, people began to eat the roots as well. Today, beets and beet dishes are still widely popular throughout Europe.
One cup (250 mL) of cooked diced beets contains 50 calories. Beets are a good source of folacin and a source of Vitamin C and potassium.
Sun: Full Sun
Height: 10 – 12 inches
Optimum Soil Ph: 7.0
Days To Maturity: 52
Sowing Method: Outdoors
Beet seeds can be planted in early spring or early fall. 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.