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Tamara - I greatly enjoyed your write-up! We often grow beets in our summer/fall garden in southern California (Encinitas) and love them! One problem I regularly encounter with beets, any variety, is poor germination. Are beets unusually sensitive to variations in watering during the sprouting phase? Chard, which has a similar looking seed, seems to have the same problem, although, with chard, it doesn't take all that many plants to have a good yield. Turnips, radishes and parsnips all seem to germinate well under the same conditions.
I tried to find your earlier beet write-up but I didn't see it in your author list.
Thanks! Couldn't resist the last-harvest-in-the-fall photo from a few years back.
Great picture Dave and I'm glad you enjoyed the article! I've been wanting to try parsnips, although my husband always turns his nose up at them.
You may want to try soaking your beet and chard seeds in water for a day or two before planting. That seed coat is so incredibly hard, soaking seems to soften it a bit and make for better germination. Can't hurt to try.
There should be a link to the previous beet article at the bottom of the current one - let me know if you have trouble locating it.
I Love Beet's, and have recently been exposed to Beet Green's from my Garden...I could Live off of them, seriously, with a little Fresh Ground Beef as a Hamburger, on a Homemade Bread, topped with Sauteed Beet Green's and a little Homemade Mayo and Ketchup... try this...it will make you crazy...LOL... Happy Holiday's...and God Bless...