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I've had sort of annual problems with beet germination. Even watering religiously, I still got only 30-50% germination, and I had to transplant seedlings to fill in gaps. But this year I soaked my beet seeds, which was something new. KERBLAM! Essentially complete germination. You drop the seeds in water, and most float. After 24 hours, most have sunk, meaning that they've absorbed a lot of water. That's when you plant them. I had always avoided soaking seeds because wet seeds are awkward to handle and distribute in the row. But you just dry the surface of the seeds on a paper towel, and then they are easily manipulatable, while still soaked with water. Of course, all this means that making beet seed tape, which I used to try, wouldn't be easy.

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