How to Grow Beetroot
Beetroot are a useful vegetable to grow as they can be left in the garden for a long time. This means you can pick them as you need them.
Sow seeds in little clusters in pots and transplant to the raised be once they are little plants. It is also easy to sow seeds directly into the soil. Sow into pots from late March or if sown direct into the garden, from Mid April to early May. Sow every few weeks up until July to give a succession if space allows.
Beetroot are “hungry” plants, this means they require soil that is rich in food. To feed to soil, apply a good mulch (mulching means to cover the soil in a thick layer of well rotted compost or farmyard manure) to the soil or dig in organic matter.
'Thin out' the plants as they grow by pulling out the weak ones. Leave a space of about four inches or 10cm apart to allow the beetroots to develop. 'Thinning out' means to remove the smaller plants allow the remaining ones to get bigger.
Harvest the beetroot when you see the tops of them pushing out the soil. Often the whole beetroot will push itself out the soil as it grows.
To pull them out, hold onto the leafy part and gently pull them up. If they are very hard to pull, use a garden fork to loosen them.