Beetroot

Beetroot

Choose a sunny spot for beetroot, and dig the soil in autumn or early winter, adding well-rotted compost if humus content is low. Lime if the soil is acidic. In spring, prepare the seed bed and rake in Growmore fertiliser 2-3 weeks prior to sowing.

Sowing time

Mid-April – June.

Crop care

When beetroot seedlings are about 1” high, thin out to leave a single plant at each station. Protection against birds may be necessary at this stage. The ground must be kept weed-free: use a hoe, and take care not to touch the roots. Dryness leads to woodiness, so water moderately at fortnightly intervals during dry spells. Mulching will help to conserve moisture. When the roots have reached golf ball size, pull up alternate plants for early cooking, and leave the remainder to reach maturity.

Harvesting

Pull up beetroot as required, but don’t let them grow larger than a cricket ball or develop white rings when the root is cut in half.