Posted: 28/10/2016 at 15:17
I didn't bother this year with beetroots but I've had successful crops of them with very minimal effort and no faffing. I sow them in 2-3" modules, weed out the smaller ones, keep an eye on them and when the roots have filled the modules I plant them out. Straight into the ground. Both years I've had a very nice supply of beetroot.
I just used the Aldi's cheap seeds but I'm sure there's a lot better varieties out there. Sounds like as yours were directly sown they struggled to get their roots under. I didn't enrich or feed the soil before planting but it's probably worth doing. Think I started them off around April/May