Detroit Dark Red Beet
Succession sow anytime from 1-2 weeks before last spring frost through 8-10 weeks before first fall frost. Beets prefer fertile, weed-free soil for formation of large roots. Thin young seedlings to one every two inches, then pull out every other beet to enjoy at the baby stage. Leave later sowings in ground for harvest through November, then pick and store in plastic bags in fridge, where they'll last in great shape for months.
Each year, Hudson Valley Seeds commissions contemporary artists from around the United States to tell the story of a particular seed variety. That art and those seeds combine to create an Art Pack, a unique celebration of the diverse stories of seeds and their stewards.
For Justine Allenette Ross, when her art expresses her values and lived experience as a Black woman, she knows she is doing something right. In this digital illustration, she makes her hometown Detroit the backdrop for growing and harvesting beets on a summer afternoon.