Site, Soil and Preparation

Beetroot prefer a fertile, well drained soil that has had a good preparation of garden compost or manure. Also rake in a general purpose fertiliser before sowing.

Outdoor Sowing

Sow direct in growing location. Make successional sowings from mid-March to the end of July. Sow thinly at a depth of 25mm (1in) with rows 300mm (1ft) apart. Early spring sowings may need protecting with horticultural fleece.


When seedlings have their first pair of proper leaves and are 25mm (1in) tall thin them out to 1 seedling every 100mm (4in).


Keep well watered escpecially in dry periods, when they have a tendency to bolt.


Can be harvested when they are the size of a golf ball as baby beets, or left until they are tennis ball size.