Coming in many shapes, colours & sizes, beetroot is a versatile & easy root crop to grow. The roots are best picked when young and cooked fresh. If roots are stored in winter you can have beetroot almost all year round. The young leaves of Burpees Golden are good in leafy salads. For best results you should sow little and often and harvest the roots when young and tender.
Sow two seeds at 10cm intervals, 12mm deep in rows 20cm apart throughout most of the year apart from the coldest winter months. Sow at fortnightly intervals for a succession of tender, tasty roots.
When the seedlings are about 2.5cm high thin out to leave one seedling per 10cm station. Dry soils will lead to woody roots, so make sure the soil is always moist; preserve soil moisture by adding a mulch.
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Pull up alternate plants once they have reached golf ball size to use as a tasty treat in the kitchen; leave the others to become no bigger than a cricket ball.
Radishes need to be grown steadily and harvested young to ensure they remain succulent, otherwise they can become woody and inedible. Sow little and often.
Sow any time of the year except coldest winter months, 5mm deep in rows 25cm apart into well-prepared bed with organic matter added.
By sowing seeds thinly approximately 2.5cm apart there should be no need for thinning. Winter sown varieties should be thinned to 15cm apart; keep the soil moist to ensure rapid growth. Sowing in Summer can be a problem due to the hotter, drier conditions, so make sure these are well looked after with ample water.
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Pull as required making sure they are never left to become woody.