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Tomato beets

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Question: 885-313
When is the best time to start tomato seeds? Why do I have a hard time growing beets? Dottie, Griswold, CT

Mort's Answer:
Tomatoes need 8-10 weeks to be ready for outdoors. In zone 6 that means you need to start the beginning of March to plant at your average last frost date, May 15th. Last year a lot of people that jumped the gun got lucky because of the warm spring. You cannot always count on that. Beets, carrots, potatoes and other root crops need very loose and deep soil. In southeast Connecticut your soil is very clayey and shallow. This means you will need to add sand and go down six inches below your seedlings to accommodate the roots for beets.

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