Beets An Easy Fall Garden Root Crop

OK, beets are not everyone’s favorite vegetable. However they are a good healthy choice for your family and are an easy to grow red root vegetable.
Beets are versatile. Raw, baked, broiled, boiled or pickled. Beets can do it all.
One of the Healthiest and Easiest Ways of Cooking beets in only 15 minutes. Cut medium size beets into quarters without removing the skin. Steam and serve as a vegetable side dish or as a addition hot or chilled to your favorite salad. Don’t over cook beets.

Beets, sliced, cooked
1.00 cup
170.00 grams
Calories: 75
GI: med
Nutrient Amount DRI/DV
Foods Rating
folate 136.00 mcg 34 8.2 excellent
manganese 0.55 mg 28 6.6 very good
potassium 518.50 mg 15 3.6 very good
copper 0.13 mg 14 3.5 very good
fiber 3.40 g 14 3.3 good
magnesium 39.10 mg 10 2.4 good
phosphorus 64.60 mg 9 2.2 good
vitamin C 6.12 mg 8 2.0 good
iron 1.34 mg 7 1.8 good
vitamin B6 0.11 mg 6 1.6 good

Beet Germination temperature: 50 F to 85 F – Beets will still germinate at temperatures as low as 40 F and as high as 90 F.

Days to emergence: 5 to 8. However it may take two or three weeks in cold soils.
Begin thinning when seedlings are about 4 to 5 inches tall, and eat the thinnings. Cut rather than pull plants when thinning to avoid disturbing roots of other plants. Days to harvest about 60 or 70.

Unlike most root crops, beets can be started inside or in cold frames and transplanted into the garden. Beets tolerate average to low fertility. Too much nitrogen will encourage top growth at the expense of root development. For root crop use a NPK 5-10-5 or 10-20-10 type fertilized.
Hint: If growing mostly got the beet greens(tops) use a NPK 10-5-5 or similar fertilizer.

Best top color and flavor develop under cool conditions and bright sun. When beets mature in warm weather, they are lighter colored, have less sugar and have more pronounced color zoning in the roots. Fluctuating weather conditions produce white zone rings in roots.

Hint: To prevent beets bleeding(losing their color) when cooking. Leave the skin, root stem and 1/4 inch of the tops attached to the root top. Remove before serving or let your family eat or remove the remaining top and root.

Think healthy before you snack.

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