Beets Five Color Rainbow by Renee's Garden
Gourmet Beets: Five Color Rainbow
START SEEDS OUTDOORS
In early spring, when danger of frost is over, sow seeds in well-worked, fertile soil in full sun. Space seeds 1 inch apart in rows 8 to 10 inches apart, or broadcast thinly for bed planting. Cover 1/2 inch deep and firm soil well over these irregularly shaped seeds to ensure good germination. If first sowing comes up unevenly, sow more seeds as seedlings will catch up fast. When large enough to handle, carefully thin seedlings to 3 to 4 inches apart so beets have room to size up.
For best quality, tender roots, sow seeds before midsummer heat and again in late summer to early fall – in cold climates, allow at least 10 weeks before fall frosts. Keep soil evenly moist throughout the season. Be sure to thin seedlings several times when plants are small, as beets grow best if given enough room.
HARVEST AND USE
After thinning seedlings, use their tender young tops for nutritious, flavorful steamed greens. Pull some of this beautiful five color mix at baby size, 1 to 2 inches in diameter, or let the bright colored roots grow as large as desired. Garden fresh beets will cook more quickly than store-bought. They are delicious shredded fresh into salads or steam, boil or roast whole in their skins like potatoes, then peel for wonderful colors and sweet concentrated flavor.