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Thursday, April 17, 2014

How to grow beets in containers

How to grow beets in containers

Beets, with their juicy red roots and edible leafy greens, are the best.  And they're super easy to grow in containers, so perfect for "farming" on a balcony or porch.

All you need is a deep pot - at least 10 inches - to give the roots lots of room to develop. 

  • Prepare the pot like you would for any plant, by putting draining materials like pebbles or pine cones on the bottom and then filling with potting soil. 

  • Simply plant your beet, either from an existing plant (read my post Growing Beets from Kitchen Scraps for more on that) or from seed, at least one inch from the edge of the pot so that they have room to grow.  


Beets are low maintenance, I water mine once every week or so and occasionally supplement the soil with compost to give them lots of fresh nutrients.

Their greens grow abundantly, and the beet is ready to harvest after several weeks of growing.  You can pull them up when they're small, or wait until they get to be baseball sized.  Either way, they're delicious. 

Looking to use both ends of the beet, including the green end?  Try this amazing, super-healthy recipe for beet greens with goat cheese and whole wheat pasta!


20 comments:

  1. This sounds like it would be the best thing for my 8 year old to plant! This year and last year they have planted some sort of seed in school and brought it home for summer break... it always seems to die. I'll have to try this with her, she gets so sad when her plants die.

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    1. Nice! Another one to try is sweet potatoes, in a large pot. They have beautiful leaves, are edible, and are incredibly easy to grow. Enjoy!

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  2. Wow I didnt know they were so easy to grow - It would be great to grow and pickle some! Thanks for the tip!

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  3. I didn't realize they were so low maintenance. I might have to try this.

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  4. Like everyone else says, I never knew how low maintenance beets are. I usually by them at the store and juice them.

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  5. Great tips! Sounds like beets are really easy for a "not-such-a-great-gardener" like I am. And I really like to eat them!

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  6. I always thought they needed so much more room.. Thanks for the new info!

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  7. I like easy to grow plants! I have a black thumb so I am starting small with succulents lol

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  8. Hey, that's suuuuuuper easy. I'll definitely try it out because my green thumb isn't all that green!

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  9. I love beets and I had no clue it was so easy to plant them. I will need help from Taylor Bare because I have a "dark" thumb lol

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  10. I love low maintenance I'll be trying these!

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  11. Great low maintenance plant! Thanks for the tip

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  12. I have really been wanting to get into container gardening so I can be more self-sufficient.

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  13. Need to have the other half do this!

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  14. Yum, I love beetroot. One of my friends always grows loads and then gives me her spares!

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  15. Thanks for the tip, I can't wait until Spring so I can try it!

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  16. Had no idea beets were so easy to grow. Good to know :)

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