Growing beets in the garden

Here is an uncommon but certainly interesting vegetable for the family garden: beets, also called red turnips. This vegetable is grown for its root, which is often eaten as a cooked vegetable, although it is edible (and good!) even raw. Not everyone knows that beets are excellent in salads, grated and seasoned with oil, salt and vinegar.

Another thing that not everyone knows is the possibility of eating not only the turnip, but also the ribs and leaves, which have a similar taste and possible spinach recipes. The root of the red turnip is characterized by its very particular purple color.

Beet belongs to the Chenopodiaceae family, like spinach and ribs, it is an undemanding crop: it does not require any particular fertilization and can make do with the residual fertility left by other crops. It is a very interesting vegetable that deserves more attention in the kitchen: in addition to being very good, it has interesting nutritional qualities and is rich in vitamins and mineral salts. It also gives a touch of red color to our recipes.

Contents [Ocultar]

  • Where and how to plant beets

  • how to grow

  • Plagues and diseases

  • Collection and storage

Where and how to plant beets

Soil, climate and manure . The beet is satisfied with moderate fertilization or residual fertility if the soil has not been overworked. This vegetable adapts to different types of soil, preferring average soils. It likes constantly moist soil and fears drought, although it does not necessarily need full sun and is also suitable for semi-shaded beds.

Sow . Beets are sown in the spring, from March to June. Care must be taken with the planting period because the beet is a biennial plant, but if planted too early it can go into pre-flowering, ruining the harvest, this happens when temperatures are too low or frosts are late. The planting of these red turnips is preferably done in the open field, in rows spaced 25 centimeters apart. Along the row, seeds are placed every 10 cm and then thinned out as the seedlings grow. The resulting sixth planting will leave at least 15/20 cm between plants, so that there is enough space for root development. The seed should be placed at a depth of 2/3 cm.

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