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Post  AMarie on 6/4/2012, 1:27 pm

I am a newbie gardener. I tried growing beets but all I got were tops. The beet roots failed to develop.

I pulled the greens out and we ate those. We didn't die so my fears about that are calmed, but I am hoping to try this vegetable again. Does anyone know what I did wrong?
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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/4/2012, 1:36 pm

I wonder if they just weren't finished yet? Mine 3 crops, planted at different times, haven't made anything yet I don't think. I'm expecting them to show above ground like radishes do, but maybe they don't.

Can someone please tell us how to know when the beets are ready?

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Post  AMarie on 6/4/2012, 1:41 pm

The green parts were falling over and scrawny. Maybe that is how they are supposed to look? But everything else looks so strong next to those squares. I confess, I've never tried them (or even eaten them) before. This is a bit of an experiment for me.

At least the greens were tasty. Smile
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Post  llama momma on 6/4/2012, 1:43 pm

In the book it says seed to harvest is 8 weeks.
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Post  AMarie on 6/4/2012, 1:50 pm

Wel, thanks. I should have lookedthat up! I have a lot of lessons to learn. Maybe I'll try these again.
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Post  walshevak on 6/4/2012, 1:56 pm

My beets started showing shoulders so I could see some were about golf ball when. The greens were nice and crisp and healthy and very tasty. The beetroot still didn't impress me. I managed to eat some of them by peeling, slicing and marinating the raw beet in balsamic vinegarette salad dressing and adding to a salad.

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Post  camprn on 6/4/2012, 2:37 pm

@AMarie wrote:I am a newbie gardener. I tried growing beets but all I got were tops. The beet roots failed to develop.

I pulled the greens out and we ate those. We didn't die so my fears about that are calmed, but I am hoping to try this vegetable again. Does anyone know what I did wrong?
It looks like this year is going to be a good beet year here.
As to what may have gone wrong....beets take quite a bit longer to make the bulb root... Mine take about 3 months, sometimes longer. The other problem that comes to mind is the spacing. I thickly sow my beet seed but thin the plants as they get bigger, harvesting them for greens. I usually try to space the remaining beet plants at about 1.5-2 inches apart, to allow for root growth.
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Post  CCgirl75 on 6/4/2012, 8:36 pm

We had our first beets tops ever tonight - awesome!
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Post  landarch on 6/4/2012, 9:40 pm

beets take a while to form...I like to plant them where they will receive shade in the heat of the summer (under tomatoes or cucumbers). Beets also like plenty of water and a little wood ash mixed into the soil (from a wood fire pit or campfire)...I think they like phosphorus. This has been a really good beet year for me.
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