Growing Beetroot



Latest Update 13th June 2018.

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. 
  • I propagate a few beetroot nearly every month from seed in my EcoPropagator.  This ensures a constant supply and avoids having to keep a large quantity in preserving jars. 
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):                          200mm.
  • 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.
  • Multi-Sow 5 or 6 beetroot in each of 4 modules in a module tray in an EcoPropagator.
  • When the clusters of beetroot seedlings are up and growing in their modules, and are still very young, transfer them in their plug of soil into a prepared bed.  Plant them 200mm apart using a dibber large enough to make a hole capable of accommodate them.  Water them in with dilute seaweed extract and cover the exposed soil with mulch (warm seasons).
Harvesting and Storage.
  • Start harvesting beetroot taking a few of the largest from their cluster when they are golf ball size.  Take care not to disturb the roots of the remaining beetroot.  Continue to harvest them like this until there are 2 left in each cluster. Let them grow to about 100mm diameter before harvest them.  Twist the beetroot plants as you lift them so the smaller roots are left behind and the soil is disturbed as little as possible.
  • Most of my beetroot crop is preserved in sweet pickling vinegar.
  • They are cooked for 30 minutes in the pressure cooker, then cooled and peeled.  After slicing and packing in sterilised preserving jars they are covered with hot 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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