Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Ruby Queen Beet


I decided to give beets a try again this year. I had never had luck growing them well in the container garden, guess they didn't get enough sun to develop a nice sized root. I'm planting these in with the Swiss Chard, as those tend to do good. They'll be grown for dual purpose, the leaves and the roots. The thinned out beet microgreens had a nice buttery taste to them.


Annual or Perennial?: Perennial
Germination time: 7-14 days
Days until maturity: 58 days
Light requirements: 4-6+ hours (Partial shade to full sun)
Plant size: Small
Spacing: 4 inches
Temperature: Cool/Warm weather
Difficulty: Easy
Traits: Greens can be harvested for salads
Companion plants: Avoid planting near pole beans.
Special needs: Loose soil helps root develop

When to plant: Plant beets in spring for an early summer harvest, and again in late summer for a fall harvest.

How to grow: Sow seeds in loose soil. Can also be transplanted. As with all beets, seed pod contains multiple seeds; thin as the strongest seedling emerges.

How to harvest: Pull whole beet from the ground when grown. Leaves may be harvested for salads. Plant must remain in the ground for at least 1 year if grown for seed.

Photos:

Red Chard seeds
Seeds
Seedling
Week 1

Week 2

Week 3
Week 4

Harvested Beet


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