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Boltardy has excellent sweet flavour, smooth skin and deep red tender flesh. And this variety has very good resistance to bolting. One of the most popular variety amongst the root vegetables in our online shop. 300 seeds cost only 99p. Great for the UK climate. Keeps well in the ground till late autumn. If you don't really like beetroot try wrapping them in foil and roasting them in the oven, simple but delicious!
Select a sunny planting location that has well-draining fertile soil. Beetroot prefers moist, neutral soil with a pH level of 6.5-7.0. Add amendments to neutralize soil (if needed) a few weeks prior to planting. If you have to grow beetroot in a shady or semi shady area we recommend trying the Bull's Blood variety, it is more shade tolerant in our experience and you can also eat the leaves and teh roots of this variety too.
A root crop, such as beetroots, need the soil loosened deeper than other above-ground growing vegetables so they won’t have to struggle through hard, dense soil to grow. The struggle to grow will result in smaller beets, so till soil to the depth of 12-18 inches for easy growth
Dig a shallow trench 2 inches deep into the prepared garden soil and drop seeds into trench 2 inches apart. Thin plants to 4 inches apart after they sprout. Best time to sow the root vegetables is mid-April till June. The seeds will sprout quicker when the soil warms up a bit more in the spring sun. As the beetroot seedlings develop, thin them to about 10cm apart. Keep soil moist at all times to prevent the roots becoming dry and woody. Tear the top of instead of cutting, and cook the beetroot with the skin and peel it off after cooking, this way you will have more goodness in the roots.
When starting with plants, prepare the trench in the same manner and place plants 4 inches apart. Water seeds or plants in well and keep the soil moist for the first 10 days. After that only water once per week during dry spells. If beetroots receive too much water the plant will produce more leaves and a smaller bulb. If the plants do not receive enough water during the growing season, the bulb will be woody and inedible. Consistent watering, but not over or under watering, is essential for proper bulb growth.