Good enough to eat
If you sowed your beetroot seed in May or June, you should be harvesting it from August or September onwards. Young beetroot leaves can be used in salads, while the roots can be roasted or cured or also used raw in summer salads. Beetroot is a greedy feeder, so grow it in soil which has been well manured over the years. Don’t overwater it unless the soil looks like it’s going to dry out completely as you’ll get more leaves than roots that way, and when harvesting, pull the roots out before they reach golf ball size.
Don’t break the tap root or the beetroot will bleed and don’t cut the leaves off completely, as doing so will also make the beetroot bleed.
Lift maincrop beetroot in October for storing indoors, or leave them in the ground until you want to use them. Good varieties include ‘Pablo’ and ‘Boltardy’.