Culture: Beets thrive in rich, sandy loam with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. Best growth and colour formation occurs in the cooler temperatures of late spring and early summer. For continual harvest, sow seeds 1.2 cm (1/2") deep and 2.5 cm (1") apart in two week intervals beginning when the soil has warmed to 7 C (45 F) and stopping in mid July.
Each beet "seed" is actually a corky fruit with 2 or 3 seeds contained within it. That's why it is important to thin the young seedlings to 7-10 cm (3-4") apart to provide enough room for proper root formation. Use plants that are thinned as a source of tender, edible greens.
For top quality roots maintain even soil moisture as a lack of water leads to woody roots that often split when it does rain or when water is applied. Over-watering can lead to excessive leaf growth and pale or small roots. One pkt sows approx. 6 m (20') of row.