The beet is a fairly hardy plant and can be planted early. For a continuous supply of young, tender beets make several successive sowings at 3-week intervals. Both roots and tops can be used for food.
The beet "seed" is actually a fruit which will produce more than one plant. To grow satisfactory beets, thin the plants to 3 inches apart. Thinning sometimes can be delayed until the plant tops are large enough to use as greens.
For good quality, harvest beets when they are 1½ inches or less in diameter. Beets will keep for several months if packed in moist sand and placed in a basement or garage. Do not allow them to freeze. Before storing, trim off all but ¼ inch of the tops.
|Crop||Amount for 100
ft of row
|Variety recommended for use in Illinois||Days to harvest||Resistant to|
|Beets (seed)||1 ounce||Detroit Dark Red||58||Boron deficiency|
|Lutz Green Leaf||70|
|Vegetable||Hardiness||Recommended planting period for central Illinois (b)||Time to grow from seed to field (c)|
|Vegetable||Spacing in row|
|Seed to sow per foot||Distance between plants when thinned or transplanted||Distance between rows||Planting depth|