By Vanessa Richins
“I plan to eat beets grown inside my kitchen in containers and would love any tips!”
Hi Vonnie. That should be a fun project!
For starters, make sure your container is deep. It should be at least 12″ deep. Since beets are root crops, the more room you can give them, the better.
Also, since a large root is being formed, the soil needs to be loose. Sand is the best soil for producing well-formed roots. Make sure there are no rocks or sticks that could make the roots grow strangely.
When you go to plant your seeds, it’s important to give them a good start in life. Plant them 1″ apart in your container. As Marie Iannotti points out, “Beet seeds can be slow to germinate, because of their tough outer shell. Soaking the seed clusters over night will help soften the shell and speed germination”.
Once the beet seeds have sprouted and they have had a little time to grow, you’ll need to thin them out. Give them enough room between each other — about 3″ –so that the beet root can form.
As the plant grows, you can pick some of the leaves for salads and more if you like. Be sure to leave some at all times, since plants get their energy through photosynthesis in the leaves.
You’ll be able to track how big your beets are growing because part of the root will sit above the soil. Once it reaches around 2″ in diameter, they are ready for harvesting.
Good luck – let us know how your beets turn out!