Beet Red

3 signs that your beets are ready to harvest

BACKYARD HOMESTEADING

Jules

6/4/20231 min read

person holding red and green plant
person holding red and green plant

Beets are my hands-down-all-time-fav veggie!

Beets are earthy and their taste reminds me of how baby corn smells. I’ve always wondered if that’s a thing or if I’m the only one in the world that thinks that. Let me know.

Here are some tips to know when your beautiful beets are ready to harvest:

1. Size Matters: One of the easiest ways to determine beet readiness is by assessing their size. Mature beets typically reach a diameter of 1.5 to 3 inches. If your beets have reached this size range, it's a good indication that they are ready to be harvested.

2. Shoulder Check: Take a closer look at the shoulders or tops of the beets. If the beet's top is pushing out of the soil and is about an inch or more in diameter, it's a strong signal that the beet is ready to be harvested. This growth indicates that the beet has developed fully underground and is now peeking out.

3. Leafy Greens: Another sign that your beets are ready for harvest can be found in the condition of their leafy greens. Healthy, vibrant foliage is an excellent indicator that the beets are thriving and mature. Look for lush green leaves that are about 6 to 8 inches in length. However, if the greens start to wilt or yellow, it may be a sign that the beets are past their prime and should be harvested promptly.

Once you spot these signs, grab your gardening tools and start your harvest.

Gently loosen the soil around the beet, being careful not to damage the root. Give it a gentle tug, and if it comes out easily, congratulations! You've successfully harvested your beets, ready to be incorporated into delicious dishes like roasted beet salad, pickled beets, or hearty beet soup.

FRESH TIP: Remember, fresh beets can be stored for several weeks if you remove the greens and keep them in a cool, dark place.

Jules

a group of leaves
a group of leaves