A mix of 4 specially selected beetroot varieties, all with a striking colour, which when served together will give a fun rainbow display whether in a salad or roasted vegetable dish. Beetroot Boltardy is a deep red colour, Chioggia has pink and white concentric rings, Golden has attractive globe shaped orange-yellow roots that turn golden yellow when cooked and Albina Ice is a truly white beetroot which does not bleed when cut.
Children will love playing lucky dip when they harvest these beetroot and they are great for making beetroot crisps!
|When to sow
|March to July
|(Early March in a cold frame or under cloches for an earlier crop and sown in July to produce baby beet in the autumn)
|Where to sow
|Sow thinly in shallow drills 2cm (3/4") deep with 30cm (12") between rows.
|It is best to sow beetroot seeds directly into the ground (or container) when the temperature of the soil has warmed to about 7°C (44°F).
|What to do Next
|Each 'seed' is actually a fruit composed of three or four seeds.
|Thin the seedlings gradually as they grow to an eventual spacing of 10cm (4").
|If carefully removed, the seedlings can be transplanted to form additional rows.
|Once the roots have developed and they start to swell, beetroots need to be watered moderately.
|Beetroot has shallow roots and it is important to keep the plants moist. If they experience long dry periods, the beetroot will become hairy and fibrous.
|Intermittent or inadequate watering can result in stress cracks and breakdown of roots. Don't overwater as this only encourages leaf growth and not bulb growth.
|During cool weather, the plants can be watered once a week. During very hot weather, less water can be given two to three times a week instead of a lot of water once a week.
|To harvest lift carefully, twist off stems with your hands to prevent the plants bleeding their juice.
|June to October
|Don't be tempted to sow Chioggia to early as it does have a tendency to bolt.
|The seeds require plenty of moisture to germinate. Soaking them in warm water for an hour or two prior to planting is a great way to speed up germination.
|Prevent a glut when planting beetroot by sowing your seed in stages, a small batch at a time every couple of weeks, will give a continuous harvest.
|If the soil is well drained (or they are grown in a pot or container) they be left in the soil for winter in mild areas. Cover with a layer of straw for extra protection.
|Good Companions - Onions, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Cabbage, Dwarf Beans. Aromatic Herbs, Celery, Chamomile, Spinach, Chard.
|Bad Companions - tall beans, runner beans.
|Rich in beta carotene calcium , iron & folic acid.
|The roots can be eaten cooked (boiled, steamed or roasted as a vegetable), hot or cold, or grated raw in salads.
|Small beets are also excellent pickled.
|The young leaves are also edible and can be eaten raw in salads or cooked like spinach.
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