SOW AND PLANT BEETROOT
Sweet baby beets are perfect in salads and the best news is that they can be sown year-round. Sow beetroot seeds direct, into well cultivated soil in a position that gets full sun. Space the corky clusters 15cm apart and water gently and often until germination occurs (usually 10-14 days). Beetroot also grows well in container – just make sure you place the pots where they will get some shade during the hottest part of the day or they could overheat, causing woody roots.
Beetroot tastes best when grown quickly so feed plants with liquid fertiliser during the next few weeks.
You can also transplant seedlings from punnets (pictured), rather than sowing direct. This will save about a month of growing time if you’re in a hurry! Remove the seedling plug from the punnet with care so you don’t knock the roots too much.
Harvest as baby beets from 6-7 weeks or let them grow to their full size for slicing or preserving. Young beetroot leaves are also edible. humble microgreen. These young vegetable (or herb) plants are harvested at the baby leaf stage and are a fantastic stop-gap while you wait for your lettuce crops to mature.
Peas make some of the tastiest microgreens I’ve ever eaten and are even easier to grow. Sow the seeds thickly into a pot, cover lightly with seedraising mix and mist with water daily. Expect to start picking in about a fortnight. Try ‘Fiji Feathers’ from Kings Seeds.