There is far more beets that the canned, pickled variety. These easy to grow, sweet tasting vegetables love the Bay area’s mild winters, making them an excellent autumn crop.
How to grow beets
Beets grow well in full sun or in shade gardens and they absolutely love raised beds. Beets can be sown directly into the ground as temperatures begin to cool. Seeds should be planted 1/2 inch deep and 12 to 18 inches apart. It is a good idea to mulch around the plants to help retain moisture. Once you discover how delicious fresh beets really are, you will probably want to start planting them in succession, for a ready supply.
Leaf miners, leafhoppers, and cutworms are common pests. Row covers can be used to protect young plants.
In addition to the traditional purplish red beets, there are yellow, white, and even beets with red and white concentric circles. Every part of the beet plant is edible. In fact, the above ground greenery holds a lot of nutrition. Young leaves can be eaten raw and older leaves can be cooked similarly to spinach.
Your beets can be harvested at any time, but most people wait until the beet root’s “shoulders” have pushed their way above ground.
I hope this information inspires you to grow more of your own food. You can ask your garden questions on my Home page.