A staple in our garden, beets grow easily and you won’t have to wait long until harvesting their tasty roots. And you can eat their green tops, too, so they’re a dual-purpose crop. Learn all you need to know about growing beets—from planting to harvest!
Beets or “beet roots” are a colorful, cool-season crop that is easy to grow from seed in well-prepared soil—and grows quickly in bright sun.
They are a great choice for northern gardeners because they can survive frost and near-freezing temperatures.
If you are a beginner, look for bolt-resistant varieties, which have less of a chance of bolting (maturing too quickly) in warm weather. There are many different varieties of beets, showcasing deep red, yellow, white, or striped roots of different shapes.
Beet roots can be harvested from the time they’re about the size of a golf ball to the size of a tennis ball; larger roots may be tough and woody. Plus, beet greens have a delicious and distinctive flavor and hold even more nutrition than the roots!
|Botanical Name||Beta vulgaris|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Part Sun|
|Soil Type||Loamy, Sandy|
|Soil pH||Slightly Acidic to Neutral|
|Hardiness Zones||2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10|