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Early Wonder Tall Top Beet

Early Wonder Tall Top Beet

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Early Wonder Tall Top Beet

55 days — This variety yields crimson-red flesh with flattened globe-shaped roots and tall, bright, dark green succulent tops. You can use the immature "baby" leaves in mesclun or salad mix, tender leaves for greens, and the dark red roots for salads, pickled, borsch or cooked.

Beets are rich in the beneficial carotenoid lycopene, which are effective at scavenging the molecules that have been linked to cancer-causing free radicals. Bright red vegetables are also shown to be useful in increasing blood flow and circulation which is beneficial for heart and lung health.

'Early Wonder' first appeared in the United States seed trade simultaneously in the 1911 catalogs of F. H. Woodruff & Sons and S. D. Woodruff & Sons. It was also known by 'Boston Crosby' and 'Nuttings Gem'.[1] Each packet contains four grams, which is approximately 200 seeds. Each ounce contains about 620 seeds. 

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Planting Instructions: In a well-drained location that receives six to eight hours of full sun daily, sow seeds ¼ to ½ inch deep and one inch apart. The rows should be spaced 12 to 24 inches. Make sure that you have loosened the soil to one foot deep and rake smooth.

Firm the soil over the seeds and keep moist, making sure that the young roots do not dry out, until seedlings appear. When plants are 1½ to 3-inches tall, thin to three inches apart. The “thinnings” can be eaten as “baby greens.” Water weekly (or as required) in dry weather. Control weeds. Informational References:
  1. "Descriptions of Types of Principal American Varieties of Red Garden Beets", USDA Miscellaneous Publication No. 374, April 1940.