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Beetroots are nutrient-rich and easy to grow. Sow the seeds in well-composted soil, 7-10cm apart and keep well watered. You can begin harvesting when golf-ball sized, or leave till the size of a tennis ball. The leaves can be used in salads, like spinach or silverbeet.
Both dwarf and climbing varieties are easy to grow. Climbing varieties can be grown up fences, trellises or even trees. Keep them well watered and pick regularly to encourage new growth. Harvesting is ideal in February and March.
Basil loves hot weather and is a good companion plant for tomatoes, helping to repel some problem insects and attract helpful ones such as bees. Add basil leaves to salads, sauces or grilled dishes, or harvest all in one go and make a supply of pesto.