When I grow beetroot my secret is really quite simple. I plant seeds directly into my flowerbed. Just a little advice if you are not growing your own beetroot: do not dig the bed directly into the soil. This will only harm the roots. Instead, dig a few centimetres into the ground and spread the seed over the surface with a spade or your hand, making sure that the seed goes into the hole you have dug.
Next, remove the young stems from the plants, taking care to leave the base of the plant about one to two centimetres long. When sowing beetroot my advice is to be patient, as the plants will usually come up pretty quickly and be ready for planting within a few days. If you are in a cold climate, lay a layer of straw or damp newspaper on the ground beneath the young stems to protect them from the rain. Once the young stems have come up, remove them safely from the root ball, gently wash the soil off, replace the young stems and repot the plant. You may find that you need to repot a few times before the beetroot seeds germinate fully, but it is worth the effort.
Most vegetable gardens need about four sowing beetroot seeds per square metre, per plant. This means that in a three-acre garden, you would need about eighty plants. Because these plants are so small when they are grown indoors, there is no need to fertilise them, so you don't lose out on nutrients.
When you get beetroot seeds, you can either get them from a friend or buy un-roasted ones at a good price, from specialist suppliers. When you get the seeds, place them into a muslin bag and seal it with an old sock. You should also get some spinner and see if you can place the bags of seeds on a hoe. Place the hoe over the plant and gently hoe it into the ground, covering about half the bag with the soil. Do this for three days until the beetroot is well established in the soil.
If you are growing vegetables outdoors, be careful to select plants that are not too closely related to the beetroot. Plants that are closely related will tend to suffer from a lack of nitrogen - which is one of the requirements for healthy plants - during their first year. In addition, the plants could become stunted as the leaves thicken and begin to wilt. Some good choices for outdoor grown beetroot seeds are shrivelled lettuce and small pumpkins.
After the seeds are sown, you will need to give them a watering. Water carefully but make sure that the topsoil is covered so that any standing water will drain away. Then you should remove the sod that was used to create the bedding before using a spade to dig up the spot where the beeyutroots will be planted. As you may have guessed, following controlled soil erosion and soil compaction processes will ensure that the resulting beds are free from compacting influences.
If you are planting outside, using a trellis system is probably a good idea. The trellis system allows you to move the plants closer to your harvesting location. This means that you will be able to harvest more rapidly. However, following the preceding information, you should be able to provide the plant with sufficient food so that they do not wither or die.
A very common way to grow beetroot seeds is to use a red dye. Most of the products sold commercially include a concentrated red dye. This dye penetrates the upper soil to the root level, which provides a ready supply of food for the plants. While you can grow the beetroot crop organically without using a red dye, you will want to use one if you are growing vegetables such as tomatoes or cucumbers because the red dye penetrates the upper layers of the soil to the roots.