This heirloom variety will produce great tasting beets and greens–but with its attractive deep burgundy coloured leaves it can be used as an ornamental in your garden! Sweet tasting, candy striped round beets are excellent texture and flavour. Tops are good cooked or raw as a colourful addition to salads!
7 grams of beet seed sows about 8m (25 ft) row. Approximately 50 beet seeds per gram.
Seed as early as possible in spring. Plant seed 1 cm (1/2 in) deep in rows 45 cm (18 in) apart. Once plants are up, thin to 5 to 10 cm (2 to 4 in) apart. Use thinned plants for steamed greens, which are extremely high in vitamins. Make repeat plantings during summer. Young beets have a better quality. For a good crop of beets for winter storage make sure you do a seeding mid-summer.
To Harvest: When the root tops begin to push up above the ground, carefully remove the soil around one of them to to check size. Best size is 5 cm (2 in) diameter. Pull the roots out of the ground, do not dig them up. Leave an inch of stem on root to prevent â€˜bleedingâ€™ when cooking.
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