beetroot 'Bull"s Blood'
beetroot Bulls Blood
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: tolerates most soils
With its vividly-coloured deep burgundy leaves this plant is so striking it can be used in ornamental borders as well as on veg plots. Pick the baby leaves to add a rich splash of colour to salads, or leave the plants to mature for classic fat round purple beetroots. The leaves turn an even darker purple in cold weather, so for the richest colours leaves sow a last crop in September to grow through autumn. A heritage variety introduced in 1840.
- Growing Instructions: In spring, make a shallow drill 1cm deep and sow the large, easy-to-handle seeds about 15cm apart. Cover again lightly with soil and water in. Seeds produce multiple seedlings, so thin to leave one plant to mature at each spot. Beetroot can also be grown in containers: sow direct into the compost allowing about five seeds to a 45cm pot.
- Sow: April-June
- Harvest: June to August
- Approximate quantity: 80 seeds.
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Q:When do I plant potatoes and other veg?
When is the best time to plants potatoes? Also can you advise me what veg I could grow now until March with poly tunnels?Asked on 10/4/2006 by Bets Ingram
A:You can start chitting your early and maincrop seed potatoes in February, but the best time to plant is in early to mid spring. As for growing vegetables in your polytunnels, you have lots of options. Spinach, kale, and some varieties of lettuce will live through the winter in a polytunnel. Certain kinds of onion work well from an autumn sowing, and you'll get a much earlier crop than if you'd waited until spring. Other possibilities are cabbage, Pak Choy, Chinese cabbage, and most root crops. Leeks, beets, carrots, turnips, parsnips and radishes, can be sown for winter harvestAnswered on 10/5/2006 by Crocus
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