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With each new gardening season, try a new beet variety in your containers and don’t forget the greens are just as delicious as the roots and even healthier. I will be harvesting them soon. Verlie Burroughs from Canada on March 02, 2012: This is a good idea Joe Macho, I've never thought of growing beets in containers, the beet tops would have the added bonus of being so colourful and decorative. Remove each seedling from its pot or tray, disturbing the roots as little as possible, and place it in a hole at its original depth. 2. Bone meal and manure are great sources of phosphorus. Seaweed is a great source of boron, which many beet varieties become deficient in. 3. Alright, now that you've held up your end of the deal for 50–60 days of actively tending your beets, they should be just about ready to harvest! We love to DIY. Each wrinkled beet “seed” is actually a cluster of 2 to 4 seeds, so you will need to thin the young plants to 3 to 4 inches apart once the greens get to be about 4 inches tall. Hi Jo, great hub, I grew beet in a box container for the first time last year I could have used this info.

Having a deep container is essential... 2. Be sure to remember to remove all rocks and hard clumps from within the body of the soil.

Choosing a cloudy day to set them into the garden also helps prevent wilting from strong sun. Plant beet seeds a half inch deep and spaced 2–3 inches apart. In order for the roots to have enough space to properly develop, grow beets in containers with a depth of at least 10 inches. Now that they are thinned to proper spacing, watering will be your main task. University of Illinois Extension: Planting the Garden, High Mowing Organic Seeds: Organic Beets -- Growing and Seed Saving Info, Arizona Cooperative Extension: Vegetable Garden -- Transplants for the Garden, Mother Earth News: All About Growing Beets. Re-grow kitchen scraps to cut your grocery bills or make new houseplants. Strong foliage and the classic deep red beet root! They also require well-drained soil, which promotes good root development. Note: While the beet varieties above will provide excellent results for the container gardener, don't be afraid explore other varieties as well! ), so don’t plant them under a tree where they might run into tree roots. Marie is a certified master gardener and has a Ph.D. in anatomy from Temple University School of Medicine. Tight on outdoor space?

Mix 1 part potting soil, with 1 part manure or compost and 1 part perlite to have an excellent soil for your beets. Upgraded potting soil – Beets are very picky when it comes to soil requirements. I grow them in the garden and always have a big harvest.

With the new knowledge at hand, you'll be growing successful crops of container beets throughout the season. Here are just some of the essentials that you will need for this project: 1.

Plant seeds at a 3/4" to 1 inch planting depth and 2 inches apart across. How to Plant Collard Greens in Hot Weather. You can plant beets in partial shade, but when growing beets, you want their roots to reach a depth of at least 3-6 inches (7.6 to 15 cm. Later once the seeds have germinated, which can take 5 to 8 days or 2 weeks if temps are cooler, the plants will be thinned out to 4 inches apart. Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on March 03, 2012: I'm not a fan of beets but my family like them. Beets are easy-to-grow plants that require little special care, but setting them into the garden correctly can help get them off to a good start. When the top inch of soil has become dry, it's time to water. I prefer to plant more seeds than not, just in case some do not germinate. The majority of its roots, however, extend outward about 2 feet and are concentrated just below the soil surface. Pulling these could cause root damage to the remaining beets. If planted too deep, new growth can be smothered by soil, while roots of plants set too shallow can be damaged by exposure to air. Sounds pretty good right?

If you enjoy vegetable gardening and like the taste of root vegetables, growing beets (Beta vulgaris) can be an educational project.