If you are new to gardening and want to try growing something to eat from seed, then Beetroot are a great place to start.
You will find different varieties of Beetroot seeds at the garden centre but they are all grown in pretty much the same way. The corky seeds (which is actually a cluster of seeds) can be sown directly into the ground from mid spring.
Prepare your seed bed by removing any lumps of earth and dig in some compost. Beetroot likes fertile, well draining soil.
Make a little trench and plant the seeds about 10cm apart. When the plants have grown a couple of cms high you need to thin them out to about 10cm apart again. Remove the weaker plants and allow the stronger ones to grow on.
If you don’t have much space, beetroot will also do well in pots. Just be sure to give them room to grow and water well.
You can grow a plentiful supply of beetroot by planting new seeds every few weeks throughout the summer.
When harvest time comes, pull your beetroot up using a garden fork to loosen the soil if necessary. Twist off the leaves, do not cut them off, otherwise the juice will bleed out. The leaves are edible and are cooked in a similar way to spinach so there is no need to waste them.