. Beckert's seed store : vegetable seeds flower bulbs. Nurseries (Horticulture) Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Catalogs; Nursery stock Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Catalogs; Vegetables Seeds Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Catalogs; Flowers Seeds Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Catalogs; Bulbs (Plants) Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Catalo. Next to Beans, the Beets are probably the easiest to grow of all garden vege- tables, and among the root crops they certainly rank first. Beets will grow readily in any soil that has been deeply dug. It is not necessary that the soli be rich, although larger crops may be grown on fertile soi

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. Beckert's seed store : vegetable seeds flower bulbs. Nurseries (Horticulture) Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Catalogs; Nursery stock Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Catalogs; Vegetables Seeds Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Catalogs; Flowers Seeds Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Catalogs; Bulbs (Plants) Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Catalo. Next to Beans, the Beets are probably the easiest to grow of all garden vege- tables, and among the root crops they certainly rank first. Beets will grow readily in any soil that has been deeply dug. It is not necessary that the soli be rich, although larger crops may be grown on fertile soil: fresh manure cannot be recom- mended since it will produce rough and misshapen roots and nurse root maggots. The soil should be dug and raked deeply and thoroughly as early in the spring as the ground can be worked. Sow the seeds in rows 18 to 24 inches apart, covering them with about J/^inch of soil, pressing it down firmly to insure a quick and even germina- tion. Scatter the seed thinly (one to every inch is ample) since each kernel is really a composite fruit containing two or more seeds. As soon as the seedlings are a few inches high, thin them out to stand 2 to 3 inches apart, and thin them again later on, if it is necessary, in order to give the roots room in which to develop. Since the roots of most varieties become stringy and lose some of their fine flavor soon after they attain table size, it is better to sow short rows at frequent intervals early in the season than to plant a large quantity at once. Beets may be sown any time up to the middle of July in this latitude. During the first week in July, plant several rows of such sorts as Crosby's Improved, Detroit Blood Turnip, Crimson Globe, or Beckert's Perfection to harvest in the fall and store in pits or in boxes of sand or earth in the cellar for winter use. For fall and winter use, we especially recommend Beckert's Perfection, since it is a splendid keeper, retaining its fine sweet flavor and tender quality lo

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