An undemanding, easily-cultivated vegetable appreciated for its dietary qualities; a tremendous asset to any winter meal plan.
Red beets thrive in any soil and are easily manageable; be sure not to let beets dry out. The soil should not contain fresh fertilizer. Sow in rows. In order to give each plant enough space, transplant once the 2nd leaf appears. At harvest, twist off the rosette but take care not to hurt the tuber. The beets are ready to harvest once the leaves become discolored, brown, and/or blotchy.
Do not plant near spinach or chard. Beets may be planted in the same spot every 3-4 years.
Young beets can be eaten raw.