Beets are a fast growing cool season vegetable crop with delicious, colorful roots and nutritious greens. Beets can be grown just about anywhere and can be planted twice a year. They have many different varieties and shapes and all parts of the beet plant are edible. All beets grow best in fertile, well drained sandy loam, free of large stones, high in organic matter and with pH between 6.5 and 7. Beets are sensitive to soils deficient in boron and grow best when they have plenty of potassium. Choose a spot that gets full sunlight and plant seeds ½ inch deep and 2 inches apart. Start removing weak seedlings when they are 2 inches tall. Beets should be ready to harvest about 45-65 days from seed sowing. If you like larger bulbs, wait longer but young ones are more tender and flavorful.
Easy to make and wonderfully colored, beet chips have sweetness in a natural way. Smart way to replace potato chips and enjoy healthy snack or addition to a meal.