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#2 Top Ten Vegetables To Grow, Beets!

| 1/7/2013 10:58:58 AM

# 2 Top Ten Vegetables To Grow ~ Beets 

Beets are a fast growing crop that can be grown in almost every hardiness zone. Although beets are known as a root crop, all parts of the beet plant are edible. Tender beet greens can begin being harvested when thinning a row of beets.

Beets are a member of the chard family. All parts of the beet plant are edible. All types of beets and chard will cross-pollinate with one another so it is best to plant them a distance apart. 

Beets are not quite as cold tolerant as something like broccoli, but they can tolerate a light frost and they do like cool temperatures, so beets are generally grown in the spring or fall.  


Since beets are root crops, a light,  but richly composted, well draining soil is best. Rocks, clay and anything that can interfere with the roots development should be removed to avoid oddly shaped roots or no root at all.  

Beets grow very well in raised beds so they are an ideal veggie for the home gardener to grow who may have limited space.  

Beet Raised Bed 

Susan Berry
1/16/2014 7:15:06 AM

Dave, Have you tried pickled beets? Or Borscht? or Beet Soup? One year I had so many I made a Beet Relish. YUM!

S.M.R. Saia
1/16/2013 7:01:51 PM

I LOVE beets!!!!!!!

1/12/2013 6:56:54 PM

Susan, beets, yeah, not really on my top 10 vegetables to grow or eat. I don't mind them too much but no one else in the family will touch them or allow them to touch the plate they are eating from. I maybe grow just a few for fresh eating but not for preservation. It's all good through information about how to care and harvest them. Now the Chard, that's another story. Family members once again don't love it but I do and grow it for fresh kitchen salads. I finally just pulled it up last fall because it just wouldn't die. I suspect beets and chard would be a good selection for winter growing in the cold frame. I am waiting for vegetable number 3, come on down. Have a great day and thanks for sharing all you vegetable knowledge to us.

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