Beets, Great For Use In Your Garden
Many gardeners struggle with how to plant beetroot seeds. Seed production can be a messy process with the tiny little seeds needing to be dug up and spread around. Seedlings themselves are also very tiny, making the task of planting them into a garden difficult. Planting Beetroot in Autumn is the easiest way to ensure healthy growth throughout the year and will guarantee continuous beetroot production in your garden.
There are many different varieties of beetroot, each having its own specific characteristics. The most popular variety is the English bean, also known as Emory's beets. This variety is native to Eastern Europe, South America and Australia. It is widely used as a cooking and brewing vegetable but has been enjoying a renaissance in recent years as a great addition to the vegetable garden. Use the following steps to sowing beetroot and creating an exciting grow and harvest for your spring.
Place seedlings on top of wet soil in spring, covering the soil with a light layer of well rotted compost. The use of compost is highly recommended so that the roots are well nourished during their growing stage. Set the seedlings in small holes in the garden so that they get lots of sunlight and air, but not too much to drown the little seedlings. Beetroot prefers a warm sunny location so it would be wise to place the beets in an area that gets at least 6 hours of morning sunshine each day. You will need to provide some drainage as the beetroot roots will eventually expand to cover the entire surface of the pot.
The main problem with the English beets is that their root system tends to spread out too far making them difficult to control. To remedy this, you can create an interesting decorative feature in your vegetable garden by creating a 'trowel line'. This is created by positioning the seedling in a depression large enough for a few healthy leaves to fit in, then trowing the beetroot towards the border. Grow for three months, harvesting at the end of August or September. Keep the plants cool and moist and try not to crowd the seedling. They should reach harvest stage in July.
A similar method of growing the English beets is to take a young plant that has just been cut from the mother plant and use the spigot on the mother plant to grow the seedling in. This is easier if you have young seedlings that you can hang upside down from a clothes peg or similar support device. Just make sure the mother plant does not get too much water!
When the second year comes, take the same seedling and place it in an established grow location but this time move it towards the south. It will grow up to four feet high as it grows. Thereafter remove the plant from the area and plant the beetroot seeds in a sunny location. Repeat the process every two years until the plant reaches one and a half feet high at maturity. Allow the plants to remain under this condition for about a year after which they are replanted to continue the grow.
The two methods above can be extended to three years with good results; the third year should be used to extend the main grow. If you have a large field to cover, then you could plant the beetroot in a circle, thus covering a large area of ground. Then cut back some of the surrounding vegetation to provide plenty of greens for the beetroot growing up to the height of the plant. Continue in this way until all of the vegetation has been cut back; continue to allow some of the vegetation to remain in the ground to provide additional nitrogen for the beetroot.
There is a very good book on vegetable growing entitled "Beetroot Secrets Revealed" by Jim Rohn. This book provides detailed information on how to grow beetroot with excellent step-by-step directions. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to grow beetroot for a more natural tasting product.