Stor­ing win­ter beet­root

Amateur Gardening - - Gardening Week -

1 Care­fully lift your beets by slid­ing a gar­den fork un­der­neath them, then check them over for dam­age. Any with skin wounds or holes are best pre­served by pick­ling, or eaten straight­away. Sound roots are ideal can­di­dates for win­ter stor­age.

2 Gen­tly but firmly twist the leaves off your roots (wear gloves to pre­vent your skin be­ing stained). Try not to leave any lit­tle tufts as they can en­cour­age rot­ting. Wash off any ex­cess soil and leave the roots in the sun to dry for a cou­ple of hours.

3 Fill a sturdy box, such as a plas­tic stor­age box, with a 2in

(5cm) layer of damp sand. Do not use soil as this can cause rot­ting. Lay the roots, not touch­ing, on this and then cover them over with more sand. Keep adding more lay­ers of sand and beet­root un­til full.

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