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Beetroot

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Leaf beet (Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla var. flavescens)   Edit Report inappropriate crop

This group of relatives of beetroot are grown for their leaves rather than their roots. They are a good alternative to spinach on the lighter, more exposed sites which would cause spinach to bolt or become bitter. Perpetual spinach (aka. spinach beet) is cooked just like spinach and young leaves are great in salads. The more ornamental swiss chard (aka. ruby chard or seakale beet), the central vein is cooked like celery or asparagus with the rest of the leaf used like spinach. With regular sowing and protection through the worst of the winter, this can be an all year round crop.

Likes and dislikes
Soil
Stonyprefer
Lightok
Loamyprefer
Heavyok
pH6.5 - 7.5
Manure
Previous cropok
Previous autumnprefer
Before plantingok
Position
Full sunprefer
Partial shadeok
Shadedislike
Exposure
Openok
Shelteredprefer

Sow outdoors

sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 10cm
Between rows: 38cm

Sow seed in 2.5cm drills regularly throughout the season. Thin to 30cm between plants when large enough to handle if large plants are required. Keep well watered and protect from frost with fleece, removing any seed heads which appear.


harvest harvest

Harvest young leaves regularly by twisting them off unless you are growing larger plants.


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