Beet Those Seeds

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Follow this tip to make sure all your planted seeds live to see the harvest.

For years I had trouble getting my beet seeds to germinate. Then, an old friend told me to spread the seed on a piece of wax paper and go over it with a rolling pin. This crushes the outside husks, which makes it easier for the seed to get started. For the first time in ten years, all my beets came up!