WHEN TO PLANT
Autumn, Winter and Spring
WHERE TO PLANT
Beetroot enjoys plenty of sunshine and regular supply of water, in a well-drained bed, free of clay to develop a nice round root. A soil pH level of 6.5 – 7.5 is required; often a dressing of lime is needed prior to planting. Incorporate organic matter prior to planting; however excess nitrogen can result in plenty of lush leafy growth at the expense of root development.
WHAT TO PLANT
Seeds or seedlings. Soak seeds overnight to help with germination. Seeds can be sown directly into prepared beds, or seed trays. It is important to thin out beetroot seedlings; these young leaves can be eaten.
HOW MANY AND SPACING
Plant 6 plants per person every 4 weeks to ensure a continual crop. Space 10-15cm apart.
WANTS AND NEEDS
Regular watering and weak liquid feeding will ensure tender, juicy beetroots. Keep mulched, but not too heavily as this can cause rot in our rainy season.
Beetroots are generally ready to harvest after 10 – 12 weeks, however, they can be harvested when young as ‘baby beets’. Pick beetroots before they exceed 10cm; over mature beets are likely to be fibrous and tough. The younger foliage can
be added to salads.
Beetroots are easy to grow with very few problems, occasionally the foliage may get attacked by chewing insects.
Onions, lettuce, kohlrabi, cauliflower and peas.
Try growing golden beetroots; they don’t stain.