Beets are a wonderful vegetable for your garden as they are very easy to grow. You can eat almost every part of the beet – put the green tops in a salad and slice up and cook the root. This vegetable does better in cool climates, so if you are considering them for your Houston, Texas garden, wait until the fall (October or November) or early spring (February) before planting. In general, beets tolerate full sun or partial shade, and prefer well-drained soil. They also don’t mind the cold (as long as it’s not freezing.)
Even though they are easy to grow, there are a few things you can do to make your Houston, Texas beets into heavy producers. First, test the pH of your soil; beets like a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. Low pH can stunt their growth, so mix a little bone meal, crushed marble, or crushed oyster shells into your soil to raise it. Also use fertilizer that is 5-10-10, and keep your beets well watered but not drenched. Keep them well weeded to encourage their growth, too. Below are several types of beets that will do well in your Houston, Texas garden, along with specific planting and harvesting tips
Early Wonder Tall Top Beets. Plant this delicious beet in full sun to partial shade in your Houston, Texas garden, preferably in well-drained soil. These beets can be harvested after 60 days, perfect for fall and spring gardens as noted above. Both the leaves and the roots are great to eat, and the roots are good for pickling, too. The pretty green and maroon leaves of this beet are a nice addition to your flower beds.
Detroit Dark Red. Another beet that does best if planted in September through October or in February. These vegetables are ready to harvest after 56 days, and can grow in containers if your Houston, Texas garden is short on space. They also look pretty in flower gardens. Plant these beets in full sun to partial shade.
Cylindra Beet. A larger beet, they are ready to harvest after 60 days. Plant these beets in full sun to partial shade in well-drained soil. They do well in containers, and are also a nice addition to your Houston, Texas flower garden. These vegetables are good for pickling, and the leaves are especially tasty.
Boro Beet. Plant these beets in full sun to partial shade in your Houston, Texas garden. This plant will produce a dark, medium sized root that is great for pickling (or eating.) These beets are another pretty addition to your flower garden.