Beetroot, Garden Beet
RED ACE Beet (Hyb.) 50 days
Widely considered the best all-around red beet, it is deep red, tender, and sweetly flavored. Grows well under a variety of conditions and is quite vigorous. Maintains high quality even when large. Packet is 3 grams, about 200 seeds.
CHIOGGIA GUARDSMARK IMPROVED Beet (OP) 60 days
Chioggia is an Italian heirloom beet, cherry-red on the outside, alternating rings of white and cherry red on the inside. Often called the "Candystripe" beet. Chioggia Guardsmark Improved has the same sweet, tender, succulent flavor and dazzling color; it is larger, more productive, with increased vigor. Packet is 3 grams, about 190-200 seeds.
BULL'S BLOOD Beet (OP) 38-50 days leaves, 60 days roots
Organially grown.This heirloom beet has striking, dark purplish red leaves that are a colorful, nutritious addition to salad mixes when young, and delicious steamed or sautéed when larger. The round, deep red roots are candy-striped on the inside, and are best harvested when the size of a golf ball. Beets are an excellent source of beta-carotene, vitamin C, iron, and calcium.
TOUCHSTONE GOLD Beet (OP) 60 days
Organically grown. Outstanding top-shaped beet, extremely sweet and mild. 'Touchstone Gold' does not bleed. Yellow flesh with orange skin. Retains color when cooked. Tops sweet and delicious. Roots more uniform in size with less zoning. Seed is higher in germination compared to other Golden beets.
How to Plant Beet Seeds
Sow seeds directly in the garden 1-inch apart. Kept at 55-70°F., germination is in 5-10 days. Thin to 2-inches apart when the plants are about 2 weeks old. Thinned seedlings are edible and nutritious. Roots are at their highest quality when they are between the size of a golf ball and tennis ball.
Comments: Beets are at their best during cool weather. In mild summer climates they may be planted as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring and then right through the summer until about 2 months before the first fall frost. In warmer climates seeds are sown in spring and fall to mature in relatively cool weather. Beets are an excellent source of beta-carotene, vitamin C, iron, and calcium.