Direct sow March through early August in rows that are 1’ apart. Thin to 3” spacing, once they’re 3” tall. Don’t forget to eat the greens! For us, beets can grow through the winter without protection, but must be sown before September.
Beet, Lutz Green Leaf (Organic)
$3.80 – $12.80
Beta vulgaris. Round Red. 70-90 days.
An old standby winter storage beet with vibrant red roots and pale green leaves. The most common Lutz strain available now has red leaves and stems – we are offering the original green-stemmed variety whose leaves have much better flavor. Lutz Green Leaf is claimed by most, to be “not a pretty beet,” but we disagree, finding it to be quite pretty and amazingly sweet as well. Light green leaves are especially tasty for beet greens, and are good when young in salads or cooked up like chard when more mature. Word is roots stay tender even when very large (up to 12 lbs!) – I can’t imagine any beet being pretty at that size. Lutz Green Leaf has won us over, and we think this is the best variety for the homestead garden. We now offer seed stewarded by our friends at Uprising Organics, which in our trials matched the non-organic strain we previously offered.
Seed produced by Uprising Organics in Lynden, Washington.
Collect seeds from 20+ plants in 2nd year once seeds have dried down, usually September. Cut seedheads, place on tarp, dry few more days, dance to free seed. Collect seeds from pile, winnow to clean. Isolate from other beets and chard by 1 mile.