Having problems with beets in the garden? You are not the only one!

Few people plant only one, two or three different plants in their garden. Mostly it’s a bunch of different fruits and vegetables, some herbs and aromatic herbs, and a few or a lot of flowers. However, in the desire to have as diverse a garden as possible, it happens that we do not manage to pay enough attention to each species. Below we remind you what to keep in mind when it comes to beets or turnips.


Of all the mistakes made in growing beets or turnips, missing thinning is probably the most common. Even if you precisely space the seeds during sowing, there will still be a need for thinning as soon as the seedlings grow. Why? It’s actually in the seed packet seed capsule which contains between 2-6 seeds.

This is characteristic of beets, so it’s no wonder that many gardeners provide for the thinning of rows. And, squeezed beets are not happy beets. In fact, you will get a lot of leaf mass, and the root in the ground will not be able to develop nicely.

Thinning can be done when your plants grow about 10-12 cm. Instead of thinning by pulling, you can cut off the tops of unwanted seedlings; in that way you won’t hurt the root of the neighboring plant, and you will also receive a tasty reward in the form of young beetroot leaves. The distance between beets should be at least 15 cm.

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Turnips are thought to originate from areas along the shores of the Mediterranean, where the land has an abundance of pine thanks to its proximity to the sea. Without pine, beetroot will develop black spots on the roots. Lack of wrinkles can cause the entire culture to be unusable.

The core of the turnip or beet starts to rot, the leaves are covered with pale brown spots. Such turnips or beets cannot be consumedbecause it has an unpleasant smell, taste and toxic substances that are formed in black fibers.

You can add pine into the ground, by putting 1 spoonful of borax in 10 liters of water, and one watering is enough.

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Evaluation of the quality of the land

Since we have already mentioned the addition of wrinkles, do you know? how many other nutrients are there in the soil? Soil analysis is very important, so you know what your culture may be missing. This is true for any vegetable, as it will not grow well if it does not have enough of the nutrients it needs.

You may need to feed the soil with specific micronutrients. A packet of seeds is cheap, but your time is priceless, so ensure your success by knowing your country.

Planting for autumn and winter harvest

Many gardeners sow beets and turnips in the spring, but they are great for summer planting and autumn and winter harvesting. The cool and wet conditions of early spring make these plants susceptible. Second, they achieve maturity during hot summer days, which can lead to them not having an intense color, which will also affect the taste.

Beetroot produces its sweet “antifreeze” during autumn and winter, as colder temperatures favor sugar production. So, by sowing seeds in late summer, you will not only have a greater chance that your beet and beet seedlings will grow successfully, but the plants themselves will have better taste i more intense color.

Maintenance of soil moisture

Although the ideal time for harvesting is autumn or winter, seed germination in dry and hot summer conditions it can be challenge. A hard crust usually forms above the planted seed and the plant is unable to break through the hard soil.

That is why it is recommended to keep the soil constantly moist during the first week after sowing, i.e. to water it at least once a day. Once formed hard penance, it is difficult to remove, so maintaining soil moisture is very important.

To make it easier for the seed to come to the surface, you can put the substrate, because it is light and the plant will easily pass through it to the surface. Since the substrate is often darker than the soil in the garden, it will also be a mark for you where you planted the seeds, which will make it easier for you to remove the weeds around the seeds.

Regular watering is very important. If it is done irregularly, the roots may break.

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