Plant beets now for a late crop. (I understand what beets do the next day, I really do, but plant anyway.) Germination is slow and tricky, so keep the bed moist on hot days, and mulch lightly. The trick is to grow them fast and moist. Boil beets until fork tender, then put under cold water and slip the skins off. That’s it.
The greens are tasty, and even more nutritious than the beets, so eat them in salads, or cook lightly. (Don’t cook them so long they give up and turn grey, as my mother did.)