Beet - Detroit Dark Red
Beet - Detroit Dark Red

Beet - Detroit Dark Red

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Detroit Dark Red Beets - Your Survival Garden Essential

About Detroit Dark Red Beets

Detroit Dark Red Beets are a popular and dependable variety that has earned its place in many gardens. Since the turn of the century, these beets have been the preferred choice for homegrown classic American beets. Introduced in 1892 by Detroit's world-famous D.M. Ferry Seed Company, the American red beet eventually adopted the moniker "Detroit" since it became known that the best beets hailed from the "Motor City." The 2-3" globe-shaped roots are tender and sweet. A dual-purpose vegetable, the deep green tops can be cooked like Swiss chard.

Why Detroit Dark Red Beets Are Ideal for Survival Gardens

Detroit Dark Red Beets, often referred to as "survival seeds" or "heirloom seeds for survival," are an excellent choice for long-term survival gardens. Packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, this beet variety offers a valuable source of nutrition. Its compact and prolific nature makes it a space-efficient option for gardens with limited room.

Planting Detroit Dark Red Beet Seeds

Planting Detroit Dark Red Beet seeds is a straightforward process. Start seeds indoors in early spring or late summer for a fall harvest. Transplant the seedlings into well-draining soil once they have developed a few true leaves. Space them about 18 inches apart to allow for proper growth.

Caring for Detroit Dark Red Beet Plants

Detroit Dark Red Beet plants, grown from open-pollinated seeds for survival, require regular care. They thrive in full sun and well-drained soil. Keep the soil consistently moist and provide additional nutrients if needed. Protect the plants from common pests like cabbage worms.

Harvesting Detroit Dark Red Beets

Detroit Dark Red Beets are typically ready for harvest 60-90 days after transplanting. Harvest them when they reach a diameter of 2-3 inches. Gently pull them from the ground, being careful not to damage the roots.

Harvesting Detroit Dark Red Beet Seeds for Future Crops

To save seeds for future planting, allow some Detroit Dark Red Beet plants to overwinter and bolt in their second year. Once the seed pods dry and turn brown, collect them and remove the seeds from the pods.

Storing Detroit Dark Red Beet Seeds Long Term

For long-term storage of open-pollinated Detroit Dark Red Beet seeds for survival, store them in an airtight container or envelope in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. When stored correctly, Detroit Dark Red Beet seeds can remain viable for several years.

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