Beetroot is considered one of the most underestimated vegetables; it is rare to see it on our tables despite its benefits. Although it is a very versatile, vitaminic vegetable that can be eaten both raw and cooked, many do not even know it or rarely include it in their diet. So why not give this delicate and sweet-tasting tuber a chance? Here’s how to grow beets at home.
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Beets, also called beetroot, is simple to grow and so undemanding that it can be grown just about anywhere. The only thing it needs is moist soil, where it can develop its dark red roots. The most suitable period for sowing is in spring or autumn; when temperatures can hardly drop below 7-8 ° C. You will need to place the plants at a distance of about ten centimeters from each other.
An essential aspect of when growing beets is thinning; when the shoots reach a height of about 8 centimeters, you need to thin the seedlings, removing the excess leaves. There must always be a distance of 10 cm between the different plants, which is essential for the beets to grow properly. You can do this with a pair of scissors, and the removed sprouts can be used in a salad.
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Watering must be constant at the beginning to keep the soil always moist; while going on with the growth, you will have to reduce the amount of water, but not too much, if you want to prevent the roots from becoming hard and woody. The time you will have to wait to see your plant’s full growth is about two months, after which you can harvest your vegetables. Beetroot grows on the surface, so move the soil around the collar a little to see the root’s top. When the latter has reached the size of a tennis ball, it can be harvested.
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