Vegetable Garden: Growing Cool-Season Vegetables
By: Julie Day
Cool-Season Vegetable #2: Beets
Beets are best grown from seed planted a month before the last frost. Soil should be well-drained, rich, and aerated so it’s light, fluffy, and free of stones. Successive crops of beets can be planted all season long if temperatures are under 80° F.
Begin harvesting beets when they are 1″ in diameter, and the greens at any time. Fall plantings of beets can be left in the ground and harvested as needed until the soil freezes. Radishes and turnips are more frost tolerant than beets and parsnips.