New World Little Gardens

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beetroot

Beetroot

Beta vulgaris var. crassa

This 'Detroit' variant is a bright beetroot that will bring a splash of colour to your table and it’s super versatile: eat it raw, boiled, steamed or baked. Or try bottling your home-grown crops!

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Getting started

  • Put the soil tablet on a saucer and pour 50ml of water over it.
  • Put on gloves and mix the water into the soil with your hands to make a wet mixture. Watch the soil expand.
  • Use most of your soil to fill up the pot to around 2cm below the top.
  • Now place your seed mat on top of the soil (take care not to press down too hard).
  • Now use the rest of your soil mixture to cover the seed mat.
  • Remember to wash your hands when you’re done!

How to keep your Little Garden healthy

  • Place the pot on a clean saucer in a place with enough light, but not directly in the sun.
  • Check the soil in the morning, and before bed. If the soil feels dry and crumbly, pour a small amount of clean water over the surface.
  • Within 2 weeks you should see a little plant appear from the soil. That means the seeds have germinated and will be ready soon to move into a bigger pot or garden.
  • If more than one little plant grows, you can thin your beetroot seedling by choosing the strongest-looking one and removing the others. You can eat the picked seedlings like microgreens.

When your seedling is ready to go in the garden

  • When your beetroot is about as tall as your thumb (in approx. 3 weeks), it’s ready to shift into the garden or pot.
  • Get your beetroot used to life outside: You can harden off your beetroot seedling by putting it in a warm and sheltered spot for 1-2 hours a day and return inside for the night. Do this for 4-5 days, leaving it outside for a little longer each day before you shift it out into the garden forever.

Planting best practice

  • Your beetroot needs good soil, good drainage and full sun.
  • Beetroot can grow in a pot too, but needs a pot that’s at least 20cm deep.

Look after your plant while it’s growing

  • Beetroot will be sweet and juicy if it grows quickly, but woody if it grows slowly.
  • Keep it well-watered and give it an occasional liquid feed.
  • If the soil dries out, growth will slow down.

Harvest time

  • Beetroot can be eaten as tender baby beets when it’s about golf ball size.
  • Within 2-3 months from planting your beetroot should be fully grown, about the size of a tennis ball. 
  • The leaves are edible too! Pick them when they’re young (mature leaves get a bit tough) and use them in salads.

Watch out

  • Beetroot is relatively pest-free.
  • Slugs and snails will nibble on young plants, so create your own pest protection, lay out bait or pick off these slimy pests.

Beetroot in your gardens