Choose a sunny site
Beets are best grown in a sunny spot with well-drained, fertile soil.
Grow in raised beds, traditional plots or containers/planters
Beetroots are easy to squeeze in wherever you have space. They don’t need much depth for their roots, so can even be grown in a shallow container. If you are growing them in pots, make sure they have about 15cm space each.
How far apart?
Plant beetroots 10-15cm apart
Keep soil moisture consistent
They need water, but not too much. Try not to let the soil dry out or fluctuate between being very dry and very waterlogged – During dry spells, water well, two or three times a week.
Weed between plants
Use an onion hoe to carefully weed between plants, without disturbing the beetroot themselves.
When to harvest
Beetroot is quite quick to grow and can be harvested a few weeks after planting. The best thing to do is check one of your beets when you think they’re ready, approx 4-5 weeks after planting. If you can’t see the crown of the root above the soil, then carefully dig one up with a garden fork, loosening the roots before you pull it up to check the size. Anything between ping pong ball size and cricket ball size is good. The leaves are edible too, use them as you would spinach/chard.
Beetroot stores well over winter. The easiest thing to do is pop them in a vegetable crate or sack and store them in a cool, dark place – an unheated outbuilding is perfect. Larger roots will store longer.