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Old March 2, 2018   #1
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Default Growing Beets In Georgia? Help!

Beets just don't seem to grow for me or for others in my area of east central Georgia. So many other folks can just seem to "sow and grow" so easily. I feel stupid not being able to do this as I've been gardening for years and am pretty successful with everything else. Do any of you other Georgians have success or failure?

Soaking the seed for a day before direct sowing made a big difference. At least they come up consistently now but it seems I just can't get them up past 2". They sit there and sulk. Fall planting (Aug, Sep and Oct), spring planting (Jan, Feb, and Mar), it doesn't make a difference. I've tried six different time frames and none work. This past fall looked promising and then when, at the 2" stage, we got a freeze they died later even after having been covered.

If anyone has a secret I sure would appreciate hearing it. I'd rather not do sets and transplant (as I read in another thread here) but just might try a few while once again I direct sow some seed this coming week. Soil temp is 64 so that shouldn't be an issue.
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Hi GoDawg, I can’t help you because I just moved to Macon GA, and I am starting a new garden. I have gardened in MS, WI, IN, AL and now GA. Seems like I finally get the feel for the gardening conditions of a state, then we move. Oh well...

I just sowed beets about a week ago - no germination yet. I would like to know if anyone responds to this post.
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I did well with golden beets in Atlanta last year - sowed them pretty late in April, and they seemed to like the warm weather. They don't seem to like cold feet.
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I'm doing the Detroit Red, nice inexpensive seed from the local feed & seed. No sense in buying other varieties from seed catalogues until I get the hang of growing them. They were sown on March 6 and the first ones finally started popping up March 16. Now on to the "thriving" part.

Scott, I will try another few feet in late April even though previous efforts usually get heat-beat in May.

Mudcat, welcome to Georgia where the soil can vary from sand to clay even in one garden plot! That's the Fall Line for ya. I'm in the Augusta area. There's rain coming in tonight and that might just trigger your beets to pop up. Sometimes it's taken two weeks for mine to come up once I started soaking them for a day before planting. If yours fail to come up after two weeks, you might consider soaking the next round of seeds for a day or two before planting.
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Mudcat, welcome to Georgia where the soil can vary from sand to clay even in one garden plot! That's the Fall Line for ya. I'm in the Augusta area. There's rain coming in tonight and that might just trigger your beets to pop up. Sometimes it's taken two weeks for mine to come up once I started soaking them for a day before planting. If yours fail to come up after two weeks, you might consider soaking the next round of seeds for a day or two before planting.
My beets are germinating. I am growing Crosby's Egyptian, which I have never grown before, so 2 unknowns this season -- variety and weather.

Yes, I have sand and clay.... interesting soil. Very easy to dig. I assume that I will need to add plenty of fertilizer. I ordered a Soil Test Kit from UGA Extension, but I haven't completed it.

The weather is suppose to take a turn for the better just around the corner in April. I'm looking forward to that! ~Lisa
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Well, mine are now up about an inch and look healthy. That's a start.
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Well, mine are now up about an inch and look healthy. That's a start.
Very good! Mine are up, too, and beginning to show a little growth. Hooray!

I found my first sweet pea blossoms this morning.
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