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Gardening 101: Beets

Beets, Beta vulgaris: “Fall Favorite” What I love about planting for a fall harvest is that the season’s vegetables are not as massive or consuming of garden beds as mid-summer resource hogs (squash and tomato family, you know who you are). Beets are space conserving but are also tasty, easy, and you can eat the tops and the bottoms. Please keep reading to learn more about this autumn favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I love the rambunctious zucchini, or the prolific tomato, but there is something so demure and secretive about the beet. I actually love that I can’t see it growing. It’s a hidden gift until harvest time. I adore pulling beets from the ground and being amazed by the surprise. The major problem with beets is pesky army worms–green caterpillars that chew irregular holes in the beet leaves. I have witnessed them skeletonize leaves. Because I practice organic gardening to the nth degree, I just pick off...

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