BEET Crosby's Egyptian
An heirloom variety introduced in the late 19th century. It is a large early beet with dark red flesh. The roots are smooth and somewhat heart shaped. Its leaves are medium geen and upright in growth. A good variety for fall crops, it holds well in the ground. Approximately 50 days to maturity.
Special Directions for Short Season Climates
SOWING: Plant outdoors from March through August (weather permitting). Sow seed 2 to 4 inches apart covering them with 1 1/2 inches of fine soil.
SPACING: Space 12 to 18 inches apart or plant seeds 4 inches apart in all directions in beds.
THINNING: Thin to 4 inches apart when seedlings are a few inches tall. Enjoy the removed young greens in a salad.
GERMINATION: Two to three weeks in warm weather. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Beets prefer light, sandy loam-type soil. Add lime to soil for better flavor and texture. Sow seed in July and August for fall and winter crops. Beet roots and greens are rich in vitamins and minerals and a good source of fiber.