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Beetroot, Beta vulgaris, is easy to grow and makes the perfect crop for 'beginner' gardeners. Roots are usually cylindrical or globe-shaped, and range in colour from darkest purple-red to pink, yellow and even white. Harvest them when they are young – no bigger than a golf ball – and eat them pickled, roasted, or grated and used in salads. Don't forget the leaves, which can also be harvested – use young greens in salads and older ones blanched like spinach.
Beta vulgaris 'Boltardy' remains one of the most popular beetroots. Bolt-resistant, it can be sown earlier than many other varieties. For the earliest crops, sow undercover as soon as the soil warms up at the start of the year. Later crops can be lifted in late autumn and stored in sand for use during winter. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Plant type: Vegetable
Foliage colour: Purple
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Hardiness: Half hardy
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: April to June
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I grew this variety for the 1st time last year & they were delicious. After a 2 year wait I have just been allocated a half plot at my local allotments so I can't wait to get going! Looking forward to growing all the stuff I don't have room for in my little back garden.
Hi all, my beetroot seedlings have been under a heated propagator for a week now they're starting to come up. At what stage do i put them outside? Thanks
You dont actually say how to store the beetroot, only store it in sand for later use. what do we do with the leaves? cut them off or wait for them to die off before storing or leave them on? thanks Tina
you cant get better than fresh beetroot sraight from the garden.cant wait.ive got some grow in the greenhouse which ive not done before so fingers crossed for an eariy crop.
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