Storing beets in the ground

Save space in that overcrowded pantry by storing beets and other root veggies in the ground over winter.

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Vancouver’s coastal climate allows beets to stay in the ground throughout winter

You can allow beets (and other root vegetables, too) to stay in the ground in coastal gardens. It helps to mulch with hay, or use fall leaves. Unlike beets stored in a refrigerator, they’ll last right through to spring and will stay fresh. The tops will die back and go dormant for awhile but come mid-February, they’ll start growing again. It’s best to dig and enjoy your beets by the end of April. Greens can be enjoyed without the beets too – until they start to set seed in late spring.

For more on beets, check out to Sharon’s blog