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Garden beet

Cultivated Beet

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General Information

  • Instruction By Steve Brigham
    Notes In coastal Southern California, you can grow Garden Beets nearly all year. Since beets grow fast, and it's important to harvest them before they get too old, it's best to plant smaller plantings every month so that you'll always have fresh beets ready to harvest.
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
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    • May
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    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Buy

    Buy fresh seed at least once a year if you don't plant it all at once.
    2. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds 1" apart in full sun in loose, well-drained soil. Cover seed with 1/4" of fine soil or sand. Thin young plants to 2" apart when they are still small.
    3. Fertilize

    Mix 5-10-10 fertilizer into the soil before planting seed, or side-dress with 5-10-10 when you thin young plants.
    4. Water

    Keep plants evenly moist during the growing season.
    5. Mulch

    Mulch lighly to keep roots moist and cool.
    February
    1. Buy

    Buy fresh seed at least once a year if you don't plant it all at once.
    2. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds 1" apart in full sun in loose, well-drained soil. Cover seed with 1/4" of fine soil or sand. Thin young plants to 2" apart when they are still small.
    3. Fertilize

    Mix 5-10-10 fertilizer into the soil before planting seed, or side-dress with 5-10-10 when you thin young plants.
    4. Water

    Keep plants evenly moist during the growing season.
    5. Mulch

    Mulch lighly to keep roots moist and cool.
    6. Harvest

    Begin harvesting when beet roots are 1" wide, and complete harvesting before they exceed 3" wide (in most varieties, they'll be woody if allowed to grow bigger).
    March
    1. Buy

    Buy fresh seed at least once a year if you don't plant it all at once.
    2. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds 1" apart in full sun in loose, well-drained soil. Cover seed with 1/4" of fine soil or sand. Thin young plants to 2" apart when they are still small.
    3. Fertilize

    Mix 5-10-10 fertilizer into the soil before planting seed, or side-dress with 5-10-10 when you thin young plants.
    4. Water

    Keep plants evenly moist during the growing season.
    5. Mulch

    Mulch lighly to keep roots moist and cool.
    6. Harvest

    Begin harvesting when beet roots are 1" wide, and complete harvesting before they exceed 3" wide (in most varieties, they'll be woody if allowed to grow bigger).
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy fresh seed at least once a year if you don't plant it all at once.
    2. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds 1" apart in full sun in loose, well-drained soil. Cover seed with 1/4" of fine soil or sand. Thin young plants to 2" apart when they are still small.
    3. Fertilize

    Mix 5-10-10 fertilizer into the soil before planting seed, or side-dress with 5-10-10 when you thin young plants.
    4. Water

    Keep plants evenly moist during the growing season.
    5. Mulch

    Mulch lighly to keep roots moist and cool.
    6. Harvest

    Begin harvesting when beet roots are 1" wide, and complete harvesting before they exceed 3" wide (in most varieties, they'll be woody if allowed to grow bigger).
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy fresh seed at least once a year if you don't plant it all at once.
    2. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds 1" apart in full sun in loose, well-drained soil. Cover seed with 1/4" of fine soil or sand. Thin young plants to 2" apart when they are still small.
    3. Fertilize

    Mix 5-10-10 fertilizer into the soil before planting seed, or side-dress with 5-10-10 when you thin young plants.
    4. Water

    Keep plants evenly moist during the growing season.
    5. Mulch

    Mulch lighly to keep roots moist and cool.
    6. Harvest

    Begin harvesting when beet roots are 1" wide, and complete harvesting before they exceed 3" wide (in most varieties, they'll be woody if allowed to grow bigger).
    June
    1. Buy

    Buy fresh seed at least once a year if you don't plant it all at once.
    2. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds 1" apart in full sun in loose, well-drained soil. Cover seed with 1/4" of fine soil or sand. Thin young plants to 2" apart when they are still small.
    3. Fertilize

    Mix 5-10-10 fertilizer into the soil before planting seed, or side-dress with 5-10-10 when you thin young plants.
    4. Water

    Keep plants evenly moist during the growing season.
    5. Mulch

    Mulch lighly to keep roots moist and cool.
    6. Harvest

    Begin harvesting when beet roots are 1" wide, and complete harvesting before they exceed 3" wide (in most varieties, they'll be woody if allowed to grow bigger).
    July
    1. Buy

    Buy fresh seed at least once a year if you don't plant it all at once.
    2. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds 1" apart in full sun in loose, well-drained soil. Cover seed with 1/4" of fine soil or sand. Thin young plants to 2" apart when they are still small.
    3. Fertilize

    Mix 5-10-10 fertilizer into the soil before planting seed, or side-dress with 5-10-10 when you thin young plants.
    4. Water

    Keep plants evenly moist during the growing season.
    5. Mulch

    Mulch lighly to keep roots moist and cool.
    6. Harvest

    Begin harvesting when beet roots are 1" wide, and complete harvesting before they exceed 3" wide (in most varieties, they'll be woody if allowed to grow bigger).
    August
    1. Buy

    Buy fresh seed at least once a year if you don't plant it all at once.
    2. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds 1" apart in full sun in loose, well-drained soil. Cover seed with 1/4" of fine soil or sand. Thin young plants to 2" apart when they are still small.
    3. Fertilize

    Mix 5-10-10 fertilizer into the soil before planting seed, or side-dress with 5-10-10 when you thin young plants.
    4. Water

    Keep plants evenly moist during the growing season.
    5. Mulch

    Mulch lighly to keep roots moist and cool.
    6. Harvest

    Begin harvesting when beet roots are 1" wide, and complete harvesting before they exceed 3" wide (in most varieties, they'll be woody if allowed to grow bigger).
    September
    1. Buy

    Buy fresh seed at least once a year if you don't plant it all at once.
    2. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds 1" apart in full sun in loose, well-drained soil. Cover seed with 1/4" of fine soil or sand. Thin young plants to 2" apart when they are still small.
    3. Fertilize

    Mix 5-10-10 fertilizer into the soil before planting seed, or side-dress with 5-10-10 when you thin young plants.
    4. Water

    Keep plants evenly moist during the growing season.
    5. Mulch

    Mulch lighly to keep roots moist and cool.
    6. Harvest

    Begin harvesting when beet roots are 1" wide, and complete harvesting before they exceed 3" wide (in most varieties, they'll be woody if allowed to grow bigger).
    October
    1. Water

    Keep plants evenly moist during the growing season.
    2. Mulch

    Mulch lighly to keep roots moist and cool.
    3. Harvest

    Begin harvesting when beet roots are 1" wide, and complete harvesting before they exceed 3" wide (in most varieties, they'll be woody if allowed to grow bigger).
    November
    1. Water

    Keep plants evenly moist during the growing season.
    2. Mulch

    Mulch lighly to keep roots moist and cool.
    3. Harvest

    Begin harvesting when beet roots are 1" wide, and complete harvesting before they exceed 3" wide (in most varieties, they'll be woody if allowed to grow bigger).
    December
    1. Water

    Keep plants evenly moist during the growing season.
    2. Mulch

    Mulch lighly to keep roots moist and cool.
    3. Harvest

    Begin harvesting when beet roots are 1" wide, and complete harvesting before they exceed 3" wide (in most varieties, they'll be woody if allowed to grow bigger).
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    January

    Buy fresh seed at least once a year if you don't plant it all at once.

    February

    Buy fresh seed at least once a year if you don't plant it all at once.

    March

    Buy fresh seed at least once a year if you don't plant it all at once.

    April

    Buy fresh seed at least once a year if you don't plant it all at once.

    May

    Buy fresh seed at least once a year if you don't plant it all at once.

    June

    Buy fresh seed at least once a year if you don't plant it all at once.

    July

    Buy fresh seed at least once a year if you don't plant it all at once.

    August

    Buy fresh seed at least once a year if you don't plant it all at once.

    September

    Buy fresh seed at least once a year if you don't plant it all at once.

    Sow Seeds

    When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

    January

    Sow seeds 1" apart in full sun in loose, well-drained soil. Cover seed with 1/4" of fine soil or sand. Thin young plants to 2" apart when they are still small.

    February

    Sow seeds 1" apart in full sun in loose, well-drained soil. Cover seed with 1/4" of fine soil or sand. Thin young plants to 2" apart when they are still small.

    March

    Sow seeds 1" apart in full sun in loose, well-drained soil. Cover seed with 1/4" of fine soil or sand. Thin young plants to 2" apart when they are still small.

    April

    Sow seeds 1" apart in full sun in loose, well-drained soil. Cover seed with 1/4" of fine soil or sand. Thin young plants to 2" apart when they are still small.

    May

    Sow seeds 1" apart in full sun in loose, well-drained soil. Cover seed with 1/4" of fine soil or sand. Thin young plants to 2" apart when they are still small.

    June

    Sow seeds 1" apart in full sun in loose, well-drained soil. Cover seed with 1/4" of fine soil or sand. Thin young plants to 2" apart when they are still small.

    July

    Sow seeds 1" apart in full sun in loose, well-drained soil. Cover seed with 1/4" of fine soil or sand. Thin young plants to 2" apart when they are still small.

    August

    Sow seeds 1" apart in full sun in loose, well-drained soil. Cover seed with 1/4" of fine soil or sand. Thin young plants to 2" apart when they are still small.

    September

    Sow seeds 1" apart in full sun in loose, well-drained soil. Cover seed with 1/4" of fine soil or sand. Thin young plants to 2" apart when they are still small.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    January

    Mix 5-10-10 fertilizer into the soil before planting seed, or side-dress with 5-10-10 when you thin young plants.

    February

    Mix 5-10-10 fertilizer into the soil before planting seed, or side-dress with 5-10-10 when you thin young plants.

    March

    Mix 5-10-10 fertilizer into the soil before planting seed, or side-dress with 5-10-10 when you thin young plants.

    April

    Mix 5-10-10 fertilizer into the soil before planting seed, or side-dress with 5-10-10 when you thin young plants.

    May

    Mix 5-10-10 fertilizer into the soil before planting seed, or side-dress with 5-10-10 when you thin young plants.

    June

    Mix 5-10-10 fertilizer into the soil before planting seed, or side-dress with 5-10-10 when you thin young plants.

    July

    Mix 5-10-10 fertilizer into the soil before planting seed, or side-dress with 5-10-10 when you thin young plants.

    August

    Mix 5-10-10 fertilizer into the soil before planting seed, or side-dress with 5-10-10 when you thin young plants.

    September

    Mix 5-10-10 fertilizer into the soil before planting seed, or side-dress with 5-10-10 when you thin young plants.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    January

    Keep plants evenly moist during the growing season.

    February

    Keep plants evenly moist during the growing season.

    March

    Keep plants evenly moist during the growing season.

    April

    Keep plants evenly moist during the growing season.

    May

    Keep plants evenly moist during the growing season.

    June

    Keep plants evenly moist during the growing season.

    July

    Keep plants evenly moist during the growing season.

    August

    Keep plants evenly moist during the growing season.

    September

    Keep plants evenly moist during the growing season.

    October

    Keep plants evenly moist during the growing season.

    November

    Keep plants evenly moist during the growing season.

    December

    Keep plants evenly moist during the growing season.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    January

    Mulch lighly to keep roots moist and cool.

    February

    Mulch lighly to keep roots moist and cool.

    March

    Mulch lighly to keep roots moist and cool.

    April

    Mulch lighly to keep roots moist and cool.

    May

    Mulch lighly to keep roots moist and cool.

    June

    Mulch lighly to keep roots moist and cool.

    July

    Mulch lighly to keep roots moist and cool.

    August

    Mulch lighly to keep roots moist and cool.

    September

    Mulch lighly to keep roots moist and cool.

    October

    Mulch lighly to keep roots moist and cool.

    November

    Mulch lighly to keep roots moist and cool.

    December

    Mulch lighly to keep roots moist and cool.

    Harvest

    When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

    February

    Begin harvesting when beet roots are 1" wide, and complete harvesting before they exceed 3" wide (in most varieties, they'll be woody if allowed to grow bigger).

    March

    Begin harvesting when beet roots are 1" wide, and complete harvesting before they exceed 3" wide (in most varieties, they'll be woody if allowed to grow bigger).

    April

    Begin harvesting when beet roots are 1" wide, and complete harvesting before they exceed 3" wide (in most varieties, they'll be woody if allowed to grow bigger).

    May

    Begin harvesting when beet roots are 1" wide, and complete harvesting before they exceed 3" wide (in most varieties, they'll be woody if allowed to grow bigger).

    June

    Begin harvesting when beet roots are 1" wide, and complete harvesting before they exceed 3" wide (in most varieties, they'll be woody if allowed to grow bigger).

    July

    Begin harvesting when beet roots are 1" wide, and complete harvesting before they exceed 3" wide (in most varieties, they'll be woody if allowed to grow bigger).

    August

    Begin harvesting when beet roots are 1" wide, and complete harvesting before they exceed 3" wide (in most varieties, they'll be woody if allowed to grow bigger).

    September

    Begin harvesting when beet roots are 1" wide, and complete harvesting before they exceed 3" wide (in most varieties, they'll be woody if allowed to grow bigger).

    October

    Begin harvesting when beet roots are 1" wide, and complete harvesting before they exceed 3" wide (in most varieties, they'll be woody if allowed to grow bigger).

    November

    Begin harvesting when beet roots are 1" wide, and complete harvesting before they exceed 3" wide (in most varieties, they'll be woody if allowed to grow bigger).

    December

    Begin harvesting when beet roots are 1" wide, and complete harvesting before they exceed 3" wide (in most varieties, they'll be woody if allowed to grow bigger).

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