By Bobbie Whitehead
Now is a good time to plant additional beets if you haven’t already done so.
Though most gardeners and growers plant their beets in the spring, some also stagger their beet planting to assure they have an adequate supply of beets throughout the summer and into the fall.
If you haven’t done that, you can plant more beets now as the end of the summer nears. Beets tend to prefer cooler weather, so by the time they begin sprouting and growing well, the temperatures should be more tolerable.
Since beets are a root vegetable, make sure you have sandy or loamy soil for them to grow. Soil with lots of clay will prevent the beet from growing properly.
Before planting your seeds, put some fertilizer, about two pounds of 10-10-10 “per 100 square feet”, in your soil, according to the “Root Vegetables” article by Diane Relf and Alan McDaniel, horticulture specialists at Virginia Tech.