Beetroot is mainly used to add colour and flavour to salads. It can seem a slow-starting crop, but it will grow faster once the seedlings emerge so don’t panic! It’s best to pull up the plant before the beetroot grows too large or it may have a woody texture. To ensure a continuous supply and avoid a glut, sow little and often every two to three weeks throughout the summer.
Growing your own plants from seed is always exciting. Seeing them develop into new plants is very rewarding, and it’s a cost-effective way to add to your garden.
Did You Know?
The young green leaves of beetroot tops can be used in salads or eaten as green veg
If you twist the leaves off, rather than cutting them, it should help to prevent the highly-coloured sap from leaking out and staining.