Preparing the Soil for Beetroot Planting

A half-hardy root vegetable, beetroots can grow in most soil types.  But like other vegetables, too, it has its own soil preference, so to speak.  If you plan to grow beets in your garden, follow this guide on how to prepare your soil to ensure a bountiful and successful harvest.

After choosing the site where you plan to grow your beets, the next important step is to prepare the soil for planting.

Beets can tolerate pretty much any type of soil but especially prefer loose, sandy soil.  They do not like acidic soils.  Forcing the beets to grow in that soil type may lead to nutrient deficiency.  The acidity of the soil should be about 6.5 to 7pH.

If you do not have that type of soil in your garden, don’t lose hope.  You can still do something to make it ideal for beetroot growing.  Here is what you should do.

Ideally choose an area that has been previously planted with beans or celery.  The beets will imitate the nutrients and pH level of the previous plants to produce.

Clear the area of all weeds and stones as these may hamper the growth of the beets roots.  Dig stones that are within three feet deep and throw them out.  Once you are done, rake the soil with well-rotted manure or compost.

Spread the compost about two to three centimeters deep.  This would provide nutrients for the plant during their growth.

While the beets are growing, you can supplement their development by putting some blood, fish and bone plus calcified seaweed at three ounces per square yard.

Regularly water your beet plants to ensure an abundant harvest of sweet beets!