Anonymous added on July 23, 2015 | Answered

My beets form above the soil level. This makes them very woody. Should I cover the exposed beet with garden soil? Am I doing something incorrectly to cause them to form above the soil level?

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Answered on July 24, 2015

Beets will naturally grow with some of the root above the soil. If the entire root is trying to form this way, it could mean the soil is too warm (this is a cool season crop) or there may be a lack of phosphorus or potassium in the soil (which helps with root growth). Here is more information on growing beets:

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