Beets are healthy root plants. We grow beets because of its juicy, sweet root, which has multiple nutritious and healing properties. This vegetable is an easy plant to grow, and tolerate cold weather well. It can be grown in containers or gardens. The leaves of young beets are rich in vitamins, and the root contains a high degree of malic, tartaric, and citric acid.
We give you a full guide on how to grow this amazing vegetable.
How To Grow Beetroot At Home
You can plant these vegetables in early spring, 2-3 weeks before the last frost. You should plant it until the temperature reaches 27 degrees. After that, beets can be planted in late summer and early autumn, 6 to 8 weeks before the first frost.
Beetroot is a biennial plant, although it can often be grown as an annual. People often grow it because of its roots, which are extremely rich in iron, but also because of its leaves. The root can be purple, yellow, or white, depending on the species you grow.
If you grow beets for your own needs, plant 5 to 10 stalks per household member. The best yield of beets is obtained when it is sown in sunny parts of the garden and on loose soil that is well fertilized. Also, this vegetable grows better in soil that has a pH value of 6-6.8.
You can grow these vegetables in pots. What is important is the depth of the pot. Because beets are roots they should have enough space to develop. You should go for pots that are at least 25 cm deep. You can leave them in the pots or you can transplant them in the garden. The rules are the same for either option you choose to grow beets.
If you chose to transplant them in your garden, plant them in one planting bed at a depth of 2.5 centimeters and a distance of 2.5 centimeters. When the seedlings reach 7 centimeters, thin the planting bed. It is recommended that the distance between the rows be from 30 to 45 centimeters.
You can plant beets together with onions and celery. You should make sure that the sun’s rays can reach the beets. Water it regularly, but not too much. If the soil is too dry, the root will stun, twist, and harden. Before planting it, you should put compost in the soil. You need to take good care of this vegetable, so it doesn’t grow into weeds. Regularly check it for common diseases such as leaf spot and powdery mildew.
Harvest your beets after 50-60 days or when the root reaches 4 to 5 centimeters in diameter. Smaller beets are juicier and sweeter than the large ones. As we previously mentioned you can harvest the leaves. However, they should be young and not less than 15 cm long. The leaves are quite rich in magnesium, iron, calcium, manganese, and potassium. In addition to minerals, they contain vitamins C, B, A, E, and K, as well as folic acid.
The leaves are very tasty, so if you are a fan of leafy vegetables, especially chard and spinach, be sure to include beet leaves in your regular menu. You can also use it raw in salads or add it to stews.