Beetroots: Site and Soil Tips

Growing beetroots is easy, but growing great beetroots require a little more attention to details such as where to plant them and what soil type they thrive in.

The Soil

Beetroots thrive in medium to light soil, but a heavy soil that is well-dug will also do.  What you should avoid altogether is soil that has been put with fresh manure.  Doing this would make their roots take a misshapen form.

Although you mean well by putting in fresh manure, better opt to rake the soil in with a general fertilizer instead.

These hardy purple bulbs also tolerate most soil with various levels of acidity.  However, they like neutral or soil that is slightly alkaline – that with a pH of 6.5 to 7.

Prior to sowing, make sure you have removed all weeds and stones as these may hinder the beet’s growth – the roots have to develop without restrictions.

They can be grown in raised beds alone, or with other vegetables.

The Site

When choosing the perfect site to plant beetroots, remember to pick a place that has been previously prepared for another crop such as onions, celery, beans and peas.

Beets can do well both in part shade of in full sun.

Once you have chosen your location, dig your plot late in autumn.  When the thaw arrives, the film of frozen moisture will make your soil friable.

Beets can also be grown in pots and containers.