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
Beta vulgaris. Round Red. 70-90 days.
An old standby winter storage beet with deep-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. The variety has suffered from lack of stewardship, but our friend Avram Drucker of Garlicana in southern Oregon has been working hard to change this, and we offer his strain which has been reselected for size and firmness. Avram says, “If I had to pick only one [beet] variety for homesteading, there’s just no question that this is it.” 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.
Seed produced by Garlicana in Douglas County, Oregon.
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.