Good enough to eat

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

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’.

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