Detroit Dark Red Beets are very popular among home gardeners and have been since being introduced in 1892 . They yield 3" round uniformly smooth blood red beet roots within 60 days of planting.
The roots are tender and relatively sweet. That's right I said sweet. They work well fresh, pickled or canned. The tops average 8 -10" in height up to a foot is not uncommon. The tops are also edible greens.
Beets are a cool-weather crop that can be direct seeded in Autumn or as soon as soil can be worked in early spring.
Cultivate your planting site and add about an inch deep layer of compost and organic fertilizer.
Beet seeds generally germinate within 2 weeks if kept moist. Shielding the garden bed with burlap for a few days immediately after planting will reduce surface soil crusting and compaction. Be sure to remove the covers as soon as the seedlings begin to break the surface.
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