Beets make a good short season, intensively cultivated crop. Mixes the benefits of a very nutritious vegetable with a delicious sweet root crop.
Use the early baby greens in a salad mix. Use mature leaves like spinach. The roots are used fresh, and 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. They are also very tasty.
Sow in spring to reasonably warm, well-drained soil. Plant after peas and lettuce and before beans. Best is cool or warm weather and moist soil, but a little light frost at night won't hurt it. The soil must be at least 60 degrees for good germination. The root and greens are both good sources of vitamins. Medicinal: Red Beets stimulate the immune system, and have possible anti-cancer properties. Anti-oxidant.
Beta vulgaris / C,W/Matures 8-9/Harvest 1-6/Yield Roots 55-540, Tops 55-270/Spacing 4"