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How do you grow beets?

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Grow a crop of beets by preparing the seeds, choosing a good location, preparing the soil, planting the seeds, thinning the seedlings, and mulching and watering the plants. You need beet seeds, loamy or sandy soil, mulch and water.

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  1. Prepare the seeds

    Prepare the beet seeds by soaking them in water for up to a day to help them germinate.

  2. Choose a good location

    Choose a location that receives either full or part sun.

  3. Prepare the soil

    Use soil that is either loamy or sandy and has a high phosphorus level and a pH between 5.5 and 6.0. Add manure to the soil if the phosphorus level is low. Before planting, make sure the soil reaches a minimum temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

  4. Plant the seeds

    Plant the seeds in a 1/2-inch-deep hole, making sure they are spaced at least 1 inch apart.

  5. Thin the seedlings

    As the seedlings grow, thin them so that there are 3 inches between the growing plants. Because the plants have shallow roots, be careful not to pull up too many while thinning.

  6. Mulch the plants

    Because beets need plenty of water to grow properly, mulch the plants to help the soil retain moisture.

  7. Water the plants

    Water the plants regularly.

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