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 Post subject: Beets
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:38 am 
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I've discovered beets and love to eat the greens too. Got lots of it growing in the garden. I want to harvest the greens as well as the root. Is it possible to snip off some of the greens while it is growing and still get a root later on? I've planted too much too close and want to get some of the greens off but not damage my harvest later. Sort of like Swiss chard, you can keep snipping off the outside leaves.

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 Post subject: Re: Beets
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:11 pm 
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Beet greens are the best - much tastier than chard! Beets sort of have a compound seed thingy going on - one "seed" will send up multiple shoots, which do need to be thinned to one, or the roots may not bulk up well. To avoid damage, clip extras off below the cotyledons (seed leaves) with nail or other scissors when they're a couple of inches tall. If seed comes up well (I plant about 1" apart,) you can begin gradually thinning out these too by clipping as nearby beets need the space, and eventually thin by pulling crowded ones, once they start bulking up.

But don't clip off leaves of the final beets you're leaving to harvest - they need all those leaves to develop bigger beets.

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 Post subject: Re: Beets
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:31 pm 
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I have a beet question, too!

All of my beet seed pouches say not to plant the beets when it's hot out. But last year I planted in sept and it was too late, I never got any beetses. So if I sow them now will I be shot down on impact?

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 Post subject: Re: Beets
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:57 am 
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i've read that for fall beets, i need to plant them here around august 1st. it seems like omaha is hotter, so i would wait until mid-august?

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 Post subject: Re: Beets
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:47 pm 
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ok, wait. that's for a fall harvest.

you should be able to plant beets every few weeks right up until mid-august. i'm planting a row every 2 weeks.

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 Post subject: Re: Beets
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:11 pm 
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OK I'm just gonna do it. Eff the man.

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 Post subject: Re: Beets
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:46 pm 
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I've tried growing beets once but I think the soil where I planted them was too compact and I had these tiny little weird things.

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 Post subject: Re: Beets
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:34 pm 
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I bought super expensive local organic beet seeds, and they didn't germinate!

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 Post subject: Re: Beets
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:06 pm 
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Mr. Shankly wrote:
I've tried growing beets once but I think the soil where I planted them was too compact and I had these tiny little weird things.

I had only leaves once. Like big leaves! But there was no forking beet.

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 Post subject: Re: Beets
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:37 pm 
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kittee wrote:
I bought super expensive local organic beet seeds, and they didn't germinate!
Poop.

Germination can be erratic - I have big gaps where none came up. Both beets and carrots seem to have a hard time breaking through crusty soil in my garden, so I'll often use good compost, sand or vermiculite to cover the seeds, rather than native soil. And if its hot out, I'll cover the rows with paperboard - like cereal boxes - to keep the soil cooler and moist, until they start germinating.

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 Post subject: Re: Beets
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:42 pm 
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IsaChandra wrote:
OK I'm just gonna do it. Eff the man.

Presoaking them for a day or two first might help. Beets may not germinate well when soil temps are too high - optimum is 75 F. or below.

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 Post subject: Re: Beets
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:59 pm 
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IsaChandra wrote:
Mr. Shankly wrote:
I've tried growing beets once but I think the soil where I planted them was too compact and I had these tiny little weird things.

I had only leaves once. Like big leaves! But there was no forking beet.

I guess at least you had leaves? Haha. That must have been like they were teasing you, though!

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