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How to Grow Beetroot: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

by Gregory
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How to Grow Beetroot

Beetroot is a delicious and nutritious vegetable that is easy to grow in your own garden. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get started:

Sowing Beetroot Seeds

  • Sow beetroot seeds outdoors from mid-April to late June.
  • Plant the seeds 10cm apart, with 30cm between rows.
  • Water the seeds regularly and keep the area weed-free.

Planting Beetroot Seedlings

  • You can also buy beetroot plug plants or sow seeds into modular trays and transplant the seedlings later.
  • When transplanting seedlings, plant them at the same depth they were growing in the tray and space them 10cm apart.
  • Water the seedlings thoroughly and keep them moist until they are established.

Caring for Beetroot Plants

  • Water beetroot plants regularly, especially during dry spells.
  • Thin out the seedlings to leave one plant every 10cm for larger roots, or keep them closer together for smaller roots.
  • Hoe around the plants to keep the weeds down.

Harvesting Beetroot

  • Beetroot is ready to harvest 8-10 weeks after sowing.
  • Grasp the foliage firmly and pull up the roots.
  • Harvest beetroot when they are the size of a golf ball or smaller for a sweeter taste.
  • Store undamaged beetroot in a cool, dark place.

Cooking and Eating Beetroot

  • Beetroot can be boiled, roasted, or pickled.
  • It can also be eaten raw, grated into salads.
  • The leaves of beetroot can also be eaten, either cooked or raw.


  • If your beetroot plants are attacked by slugs or snails, you can apply biological-control nematodes or grow the crop in a container out of their reach.
  • If birds are a problem, you can cover the seedlings with fleece or netting.
  • If your beetroot roots become woody, you may not be watering them enough.

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