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BETA vulgaris 'Golden'
Beet, Golden Beet
The sweet, flavorful beets of this old-fashioned heirloom are russet-orange and date back to at least the 1820s in the United States. The smooth-skinned beets are globe-shaped. Roots are ready to harvest about 50 to 55 days after sowing. Harvest 40 days after sowing for baby beets. This selection also has edible greens that are bright glossy green. After cooking, the beet flesh turns golden yellow.
Usually grown as annuals, beets are true biennials, which mean they generate large roots and lush foliage in the first year and flower, set seed and die in the second. The flowers are unimpressive but produce lots of seed that can be saved from year to year. Beets originate from Europe where they have been cultivated for hundreds of years.
This is a cool-season vegetable that can be grown in two seasonal cycles, if the growing season is four or more months long. For spring harvest, sow seeds in the garden in early spring, thin them to around a hand's width apart and harvest in early summer. For fall harvest, sow seeds in late summer and harvest roots before the first frost of autumn.
Grow beets in full sun and fertile, friable garden soil. It is best to berm up the soil where they are grown to ensure the roots have lots of loose, well-drained soil. They require regular water and light fertilization. The seeds germinate more quickly if soaked in warm water for 30 minutes before planting.
Beets are especially popular in northern European and Russian cooking because they grow best in cooler northerly regions. They taste great pickled, roasted, sautéed or added to salads and soups. The tender green leaves of 'Golden' may also be cooked and eaten as a green in fresh salads.
12 - 1
5 - 10
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m
6"-12" / 15.2cm - 30.5cm
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer
Spring, Summer, Fall
Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable
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