SOW AND PLANT BEET­ROOT

North Taranaki Midweek - - GARDENING -

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

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.

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