A real self-sufficiency crop. Beets make a good short season, intensively cultivated crop. Beets provide early baby greens for salad mix, mature leaves for cooking, and sweet roots for cooking, canning, and winter storage.
Sow in the spring in well-drained soil that is warm (over 60 degrees). Plant after peas and lettuce and 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. Anti-oxidant.