Growing Beetroot

Latest Update 18th August 2017.

Beetroot
  • Grated raw beetroot make a healthy addition to your salad, and they are delicious roasted in their jackets while still young.  
  • Beetroot juice is considered by many health professionals to confer substantial health benefits. (read more).
  • Most of our crop is bottled in a sweet, spicey, pickling vinegar after softening in the pressure cooker for 30 minutes.  Its a tasty staple for salads in our household, and we can usually maintain a continuous supply all year.
  • Beetroot softened in the pressure cooker and then roasted with parboiled carrots, pumpkin and potatoes is simply delicious.
Details
  • Variety:                                                    Crimson Globe.
  • Family group:                                           Chenopodiaceae.
  • Crop rotation group:                                  Light feeders.
  • Garden bed type:                                      Garden Ecobed.
  • Recommended soil pH:                             6.5 - 7.5.
  • Minimum sun per day:                               5 hours.
  • Plant spacings (centres):                          250mm.
  • Weeks to harvest:                                     13 - 26 weeks.
  • Good companions:                                    Onions. silverbeet. lettuce. cabbage. dwarf beans.
  • Climate:                                                   Warm temperate
  • Geography:                                              Southern hemisphere. 
Nutrition.
  • This food is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. 
  • It is a good source of vitamin C, iron and magnesium, and a very good source of dietary fiber, folate, potassium and manganese.
  • More from nutrition data.self.com. 
Maintaining Ecobed Productivity. 
  • Check out my blogpage which explains how I maintain productivity in my Ecobeds.  It describes how soil is prepared prior to planting, the importance of rainwater in Ecobeds, how to regulate the sun's intensity and how to feed plants through their leaves.
Propagating Seedlings. 
  • Check out my blogpage which explains how I propagate seeds.
Propagation Plan.
  • Check out my blogpage which tells you when to sow seeds.
Growing Instructions. 
  • Soak beetroot seeds in water for 24 hours before sowing.  Select seeds that have sunk to the bottom of the bowl of water and discard the rest.
  • Sow a beetroot seed in each of 6 small fibre pots in an EcoPropagator.
  • When the beetroot seedlings are about 70mm tall, transfer them in their pots into a prepared bed.  Plant them 300mm apart making a space through the mulch to expose the soil and bury the pots up to their rim.  Water them in with dilute seaweed extract and cover the exposed soil with mulch.
Harvesting and Storage.
  • Harvest the beetroot when they are about 100mm in diameter. Lift them carefully from the soil disturbing it as little as possible.
  • Most of my beetroot crop is preserved in sweet pickling vinegar.
  • These are first cooked for 30 minutes in the pressure cooker, then cooled and peeled.  They are sliced and packed in sterilised preserving jars and covered with hot sweet spicy pickling vinegar. 
  • The jars are placed in the pressure cooker with lids in place and heated for 10 mins at 5psi to seal the lids.
  • The rest is shredded and eaten raw in salads, made into cakes and/or roasted with other vegetables.
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