Beets make a good short season, intensively cultivated crop. Sow in spring in well-drained soil that is reasonably warm --after peas and lettuce, before beans. Does best in cool or warm weather and moist soil. Light frost at night won't hurt, but the soil must be around 60 degrees for good germination. Both the root and greens are good sources of vitamins. Medicinal: Red Beets stimulate the immune system, and have possible anti-cancer properties. Aantioxidant.
Beets provide early baby greens for salad mix, mature leaves are used like spinach. The sweet roots are used for cooking, canning, and winter storage. They can be eaten raw, cooked, pickled, and fermented. Mangels produce more sugar per acre than sugar beets and are a good source for sugar and alcohol products.
Beta vulgaris / C,W/Matures 8-9/Harvest 1-6/Yield Roots 55-540, Tops 55-270/Spacing 4"