BEET­ROOT

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Beet­root is a good source of iron and folic acid, be­taine, mag­ne­sium, iron and var­i­ous an­tiox­i­dants. It also con­tains vi­ta­mins A, B6 and C. Re­cent health claims sug­gest beet­root can help lower blood pres­sure, boost ex­er­cise per­for­mance and even pre­vent de­men­tia. Beet­root is high in di­etary ni­trate, which is be­lieved to ben­e­fit the car­dio­vas­cu­lar sys­tem and may pro­tect against can­cer.

Beet­root prefers a neu­tral to slightly al­ka­line soil. A ph of be­tween 7 and 7.5 is ideal. Sow beet­root seed di­rectly in the ground. A suc­ces­sive sow­ing, once ev­ery 3-4 weeks, will en­sure a con­tin­u­ous sup­ply. Soak the seed in luke­warm water for a few hours, or overnight, be­fore plant­ing, to aid ger­mi­na­tion. Sow seeds 5cm-10cm apart, de­pend­ing on the va­ri­ety (10cm for large roots; 5cm apart if har­vest­ing baby beet­root).

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