The generous foliage cover keeps weeding to a minimum
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil:tolerates most
- Rate of growth:average
- Hardiness: full hardy
A wonderful variety from the Venice region. It produces early, large, round red roots with alternate white and red stripes on the inside. It looks really pretty on the plate and has tasty sweet flesh. When cooked it fades to a light pink and the young leaves can be eaten like spinach. This is an easy edible plant that thrives in almost any situation.
- Growing Instructions:
This variety does tend to bolt (go to seed) if sown too early so try to be patient
Sow inside - March to June and plant out when seedlings have developed their first true leaves
Sow outside - April to June
Sow 15cm deep in 2.5cm drills. Space lines 15cm apart.
Plant them 15cm apart - it is a little too close, but when grown like this, the roots will push each other apart to produce a clump of small tender beets.
Harvest - May to August
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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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