Hubby and I love beets. I planted 2 rows of beets...one row of red and one row of gold.
In a perfect world once they have two sets of true leaves, I should thin them to 1-2" between plants. But do I? Oh no...I can't seem to bring myself to do it. I say, "I'll wait till they get a bit taller, then I'll thin them". And before I know it, they're 6" tall and still not thinned out. Then I know I'm in trouble. I can clearly see that without thinning, the plants are too close together and none of the beets are going to grow to potential.
Well that's that I did Sunday afternoon...I thinned beets. It was so much more difficult than if I had thinned them when they were smaller seedlings, instead of plants like they are now. But I managed to muddle through it. Instead of putting the thinnings in the compost bin, I tossed them over the fence line for the deer. The whitetail and maybe some axis had a feast last night.
Once the beets are thinned, they do look so much better and I know I did the right thing.
After finishing the beets, I promptly thinned my carrots!