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Sweet Dakota Bliss Beet

Botanical Name: Beta vulgaris

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# of seeds per packet: 140

Description

55 days. This wonderful beet hails from North Dakota, bred by longtime organic farmers David, Dan, and Theresa Podoll. It is red burgundy, round and has an oh-so-sweet flavor! Outstanding roasted with a touch of oil and salt. Plants are vigorous and tops are edible. Good for winter storage and canning. With the commercial beet seed market saturated with hybrid beets that are bred on conventional farms, this open-pollinated beet was made for your organic garden or market farm! The Podoll’s released this beet under the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) to keep seeds unpatented and in the hands of the people for all times. Seeds grown by Prairie Road Organic Seed.

Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

For early beets, you can start seeds indoors 3/15 (at 80°). Once leaves appear, grow plants at 72°. Transplant outside 5/1 (3” apart in rows 12” apart). Or, sow beet seeds outside anytime 5/15 – 8/1. Sow seeds ½” deep, 1.5” apart in rows 12” apart. Keep seeds consistently moist until germination. Days to germination: 5-7. Try interplanting radish seeds with beets which will be ready much earlier than the beets. Rocks and clods in soil will cause beets to be disfigured. Keep beets moist and well weeded. Beets will have the best flavor and texture when grown in cooler weather.

 

Harvest:

Check beets frequently and harvest them as soon as they are mature (as soon as they stop increasing in size). Some roots might not reach full size – harvest them too. Don’t let your beets stay in the ground too long – they will become tough and woody. 

 

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Beets are a difficult seed saving crop as they are a biennial. Sow seeds 8/1. Dig beet roots when mature in fall & select the best roots for the seed crop. Store beet roots over the winter at 34-37 & 95% humidity. Plant beet roots outside as soon as the soil thaws, 30” apart and they will flower and produce seed over the summer. Beets are wind pollinated and cross-pollinated crops (isolation distance from other beets and chard is 1-2 miles). But since beets & chard don’t normally overwinter and flower you won’t usually need to worry about crossing unless 1) neighbors are saving beet/chard seeds or 2) you live near sugar beet fields which are usually GMO (sometimes sugar beet plants will bolt). Minimum population size: 25 plants. 

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Description

55 days. This wonderful beet hails from North Dakota, bred by longtime organic farmers David, Dan, and Theresa Podoll. It is red burgundy, round and has an oh-so-sweet flavor! Outstanding roasted with a touch of oil and salt. Plants are vigorous and tops are edible. Good for winter storage and canning. With the commercial beet seed market saturated with hybrid beets that are bred on conventional farms, this open-pollinated beet was made for your organic garden or market farm! The Podoll’s released this beet under the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) to keep seeds unpatented and in the hands of the people for all times. Seeds grown by Prairie Road Organic Seed.

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Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

For early beets, you can start seeds indoors 3/15 (at 80°). Once leaves appear, grow plants at 72°. Transplant outside 5/1 (3” apart in rows 12” apart). Or, sow beet seeds outside anytime 5/15 – 8/1. Sow seeds ½” deep, 1.5” apart in rows 12” apart. Keep seeds consistently moist until germination. Days to germination: 5-7. Try interplanting radish seeds with beets which will be ready much earlier than the beets. Rocks and clods in soil will cause beets to be disfigured. Keep beets moist and well weeded. Beets will have the best flavor and texture when grown in cooler weather.

 

Harvest:

Check beets frequently and harvest them as soon as they are mature (as soon as they stop increasing in size). Some roots might not reach full size – harvest them too. Don’t let your beets stay in the ground too long – they will become tough and woody. 

 

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Beets are a difficult seed saving crop as they are a biennial. Sow seeds 8/1. Dig beet roots when mature in fall & select the best roots for the seed crop. Store beet roots over the winter at 34-37 & 95% humidity. Plant beet roots outside as soon as the soil thaws, 30” apart and they will flower and produce seed over the summer. Beets are wind pollinated and cross-pollinated crops (isolation distance from other beets and chard is 1-2 miles). But since beets & chard don’t normally overwinter and flower you won’t usually need to worry about crossing unless 1) neighbors are saving beet/chard seeds or 2) you live near sugar beet fields which are usually GMO (sometimes sugar beet plants will bolt). Minimum population size: 25 plants. 

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