Just found your site and I glad to know I can freeze beets! Here’s how I’ve had better luck with germination. Seed according to package directions. Cover the bed with thin burlap – I buy some off a roll at a garden center. Then water the bed through the burlap a while to soak it. The burlap keeps the soil from being disturbed over the seeds during watering and, more importantly, keeps the soil from drying out so fast later, which I think is what messes up germination. I keep watering the burlap each day as needed to keep the area underneath moist. When I find a number of sprouts I take it off. Hope it works for you!