beetroot 'Bulls 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.
Do you want to ask a question about this?If so, click on the button and fill in the box below. We will post the question on the website, together with your alias (bunnykins, digger1, plantdotty etc etc) and where you are from (Sunningdale/Glasgow etc). We'll also post the answer to your question!
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
If you just want to grow a few vegetables or have suffered losses with early sowings, buying plants is a great way to play catch-up. Buying plants also allows you to grow vegetables if you do not have the facilities to raise them from seed yourself or wheRead full article
If you do nothing else...water new plants. Make sure new additions do not suffer during dry spells. Plant up summer containers bedding once the threat of frosts has passed. Feed container plants about six weeks after planting. If it’s a nice day...trim heRead full article
Once you start picking vegetables, such as runner beans and courgettes, keeping picking them regularly throughout the summer to ensure a continuous supply. Even the cropping period of French beans can be extended by harvesting regularly. Pick beans once aRead full article
Warming up your soil by cloching will help germination greatly, particularly when it comes to carrots, parsnips, parsley, spinach and beetroot. These seeds all need warm air temperatures of approximately 10C/50F before they even think of starting.Read full article
When sowing seeds, using a wider drill for your carrots, parsnips, spinach and beetroot allows your seedlings to spread, negating the need to thin them out. Thinning can sometimes attract pests so it is best avoided. When young carrots reach finger thicknRead full article