Thomas Jefferson regularly planted Red, Scarlet, and White beets in the Monticello vegetable garden. Early Blood Turnip-rooted Beet was introduced c. 1820; in Field and Garden Vegetables of America (1863), Fearing Burr noted its deep blood-red, "remarkably sweet and tender" flesh, its rapid growth, and popularity among market-gardeners. This variety bears edible, dark leaves with bright red stems, and stores well for winter use.
Direct sow seeds every 2-4 weeks from early to late spring for a continuous harvest, then again in late summer. Beets require consistent moisture and good drainage. Approximately 45-50 seeds per packet.
|Exposure||Planting Method||Planting Depth||Plant Spacing||Days to Maturity||Size at Maturity|
|Full Sun||Direct Sow||1/2 - 3/4"||Thin to 2-4" apart; rows spaced 12"||48-68||2-4" roots|