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Jun 6, 2020 12:57 PM CST
New York
I planted Detroit Red beet seeds on March 8, 2020 in a clay pot with Miracle Grow organic potting soil for vegetables. I thinned out a lot of the seedlings but it might still have been too close together. I guess I didn't want to waste the seedlings and was hoping they would grow even if it was a bit crowded. I also checked he pH level of the soil every so often and it was within the range of 6 to 7. I didn't add boron or any type of fertilizer. I pulled the beetroots out of the soil today since a majority of the leaves appeared to have been destroyed and it didn't seem like the beetroot was growing at all. The leaves had a bunch of white spots (leafminers?) and some were curly. I also tried the stem and it was sour.

The last picture shows the leaves I had cut a few weeks ago. All of the leaves pretty much looked like this or worse right before I pulled the roots out.

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This was my first time planting and it was really exciting watching the seedlings appear from the soil. I want to attempt to plant beet seeds again but what should I do different this time around? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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Jun 7, 2020 2:45 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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They are planted too close together or too thick to make fat beets. However the beet greens are very tasty and can be harvested too. Here is a photo of my beets growing outdoors, just watered. I pick the greens off to eat, and they are very tasty, while I wait for the beets to get fat. Good luck
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