Beetroot can be boiled and preserved in vinegar to eat as a salad/ or eaten hot as an alternative to othervegetables. The can be boiled and eaten like spinach.
Ideal for early. Bolt-resistant (I.e. it does not run to before making its food store.)
A standard main cropper. Renowned for its flavour, colour and good storage qualities.
‘Detroit Little Ball’
Ideal choice for late. Produces baby beets which are excellent for pickling.
Orange skin and yellow flesh
Albina Vereduna.’. . Sometimes – sold as ‘Snow White’
An oval beet. Deep red flesh.
Long Varieties (apparently popular in the London area)
‘Cheltenham Green Top’
Long variety, stores well.
Long Blood Red’
A medium-sized variety. Deep red flesh
Beetroot should not be sown on freshly-manured ground. If the soil is poor, apply a general fertiliser at a rate of 100g/sq.m (3 oz/sq.yd). Beetroot thrives on warm, light soils.
Sow thein drills in March/April to provide early in the summer. . Sow long-type beets in May and June for storage. The seed should be sown 2.5 cm (1 inch) deep with 30 cm (12 inch) between the rows.
When the first roughappears, thin the to
5 cm (2 inch). Thin again until the final distance between
plants is 4 (10 cm). Hoe occasionally.
Pull the early sowings as required as soon as they are large enough for eating. The roots grown for storage should be lifted with a fork in October, rejecting any damaged or pest-infected roots. Twist off the tops and shake the soil from the roots. Store in boxes of either sand or peat in a rodent and frost-proof shed. Beetroot can also be stored in a clamp.
PESTS AND DISEASES
Beetroot is an easy crop to grow, and is generally pest-free. Flea beetle and drought at germination are potential problems. An insecticidal seed dressing may give effective protection from flea beetle in the early stages.