There are many vegetables that you can grow in your garden easily from root crops to shrubs and from bushes to trees. Imagine the ease of just growing your food instead of buying them. Most of the easily-growing garden plants are tuber and root vegetables. In this guide, we are going to discuss growing beetroot.
Beetroot is a root crop rich in fiber, folate or vitamin B9, manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C. Wondering how to grow these delicious and healthy crops? Keep on reading to have an idea on how to grow your beetroot.
Step 1: Know what kind of vegetable to grow/ growing beetroot in your garden
Growing Beetroots are easy as they are not easily pestered by pests and diseases. There are types of beetroot seeds but the Boltardy variety is the best kind if you are sowing early. Other varieties include Chioggia, Detroit Dark Red, Formanova, Golden, and Luz Green Leaf.
- Step 2: Consider the space and the soil you are going to use. for growing Beetroots in your backyard, your garden soil that is neutral, medium to light, moist, and slightly alkaline (pH 6.5 to 7.5). The soft kind of soil should be used, not sandy or clay. Using clay soil won’t be much beneficial since clay soil is heavy and beetroots develop on the surface.
Step 3: The best time for growing beetroots in your garden ?
Plant the seeds on any of the four seasons: Early crops in spring and summer around March to July and autumn to winter, September to February for the late crops. Soil temperature could range from 40 degrees to 55 degrees Fahrenheit or 15 to 25 degree Celsius.
- Step 4: Preparing soil for sowing. Till the soil and remove weeds, debris, and stones that could keep the growth of the crop. You can also look for a slight shade for growing beetroot plant so that it will not be under direct sunlight.
Step 5: Get ready to sow the seeds.
The beetroot seeds should be sowed 2cm (3/4”-1”) deep. Keeping a distance of at least 10 to 15cm (4-6”) is enough. Beetroot seeds are a bunch of seeds that will produce 3-4 separate seedlings. Glut or oversupplying at the time of harvest happens. So, to prevent this, plant a small batch at a time every couple of weeks. In sowing for winter, plant the seeds in late May or June.
For an early crop, beetroots can be sown as late as August but it will not produce a large crop. Worry not, for that small crop will be very sweet and tasty. Its leaves will also be good for cooking or salad.
- Step 6: In caring for the seeds, water it every day until the sprouts appear. Avoid over-watering because it will cause the seeds to produce more leaves than a big root. Once the sprouts appear, water it every 10-14 days. Use organic fertilizers for the plant to grow well.
Watch out for weeds, pests, and birds as they may appear any time after planting your seeds. Remove the weeds by hand and use organic pesticides for the pests.
Step 7: Harvesting
After weeks of waiting, your beetroot is ready for harvest! Pull them by the hand if possible, or using a fork to gently loosen up the root and soil. Remove the tops by twisting them to avoid stalk bleeding. Leave some soil for the season.
There you have it! A guide on how to grow beetroots in your garden. Follow the steps and in no time, you will be growing delicious and healthy-tasting crops.