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Planting Seeds Project
(PSP)

since 1991
Open-pollinated
Certified Organic
Seeds
 

BEETS: Beta vulgaris

Direct seed 1" apart, 1/2" deep, beginning 2-4 weeks before the last frost. Prolific germination will show that seeds are actually clusters of seeds. Thin to single plants, 2"-3" apart. Thinnings are excellent salad greens. Plant in double rows, or multiple rows 8"-10" apart to fill composted prepared beds. Plant successively until late June.
Companions:Onions + Kohlrabi / not with pole beans
Growing SeedsBeets are a biennial, so will need to be over wintered in the field well mulched, or in the root cellar. Plant out in the spring at 18"-24" centers in staggered rows in a bed, and watch the 3' sprawling bushes grow. Expert breeders suggest a minimum of 60-200 roots are necessary to maintain genetic diversity. Knobby green seeds bud out along the stem following flowers, and dry brown. Gather plants when seeds/stalks are mostly brown and drying, before seed falls. Strip/stomp seed off stems, and rub on screens and fan to blow off plant debris, dirt, and unripe seed. Will cross-pollinate with: chard and other beets, so only one variety may be grown for seed in a isolation area. (Since beets and chard are both biennial, all varieties may be grown in the garden together for the purpose of food. Any plants throwing a seed stalk the 1 st year should be removed)


Ruby Queen

50-60 days Somewhat short green leaves a top very uniform crimson red roots. Excellent quality beet for home or market.
    at $3.50/pkg

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