Beetroot is one of the most popular vegetables to grow from seed, maybe because it is so easy to grow.
Beetroot likes an open, sunny position. The soil should be fertile but not freshly manured. Ideally use a plot that was manured for the crop.
Beetroot does not like acidic soils so prepare the ground before sowing by adding Lime before sowing the seeds and raking in Growmore fertiliser. Seeds can be sow from March to July, depending on the variety. They should be sown a couple of inches apart and approximately and inch deep. If you have a small garden try growing a few plants in pots.
Once seedlings have grown a little thin out and discard. Keep weeds down by regular hoeing and water evenly and frequently to ensure healthy growth and prevent splitting.
Harvesting generally occurs between the months of July and September. Beetroot is enjoyed best when pulled from the ground while they are still quite small, generally this will be about seven weeks after sowing.
Beetroot can be left in the ground until they are required.
- For high yields try Detroit 2.
- Look out for Beetroot seeds in our Gro-sure Seed range for great results
- Don’t forget you can eat the tops, twist them off and they can be cooked and eaten like spinach.