To have tender, tasty, beets, grow them in loose, rich, moist soil and in direct sun. Keep the moisture level consistent, and feed with a balanced fertilizer according to package directions.
Beets are well suited for growing in containers – they are easy to grow, quick to mature and can be resown for more than one harvest. And if you grow from seeds, you can choose from among all the interesting varieties that are available – yellow, red and white striped, even cylindrical-shaped instead of round. You can begin harvesting the beets when they are about 1 inch in diameter, but you can also leave them in the ground and harvest them just before eating.
Young beet greens are also nutritious, and mild in flavor.
When to plant
Beets grow best in cool and mild temperatures but will also grow when it gets warmer. It is best to plant early in the season so that they can be harvested prior to the heat of summer. In southern California, beets can be planted beginning in January or February for harvest in spring, and then again in August for harvest in November or December.
There are red beets, yellow beets, red and white striped beets, and even cylindrical-shaped beets. Try something different. Listed below are a few favorite varieties.
Name Comments Ruby Queen, AAS Detroit Dark Red Little Ball gourmet baby beet Early Wonder Burpee's Golden Beet for greens and root
AAS=all-America selection, hardy in most areas and resistant to diseases