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Beetroot

Home grown Beetroot is one of the very few vegetables that can be eaten fresh for most of the year and eaten pickled between March and June while you wait for your next batch to mature. They add colour and flavour to most salads and cold meat dishes. They come in a variety of colours and sizes and come in the following categories:

  • Globe - These are the most popular as they are quick-maturing and are excellent for cooking.
  • Cylindrical - These are ideal for storage
  • Long - These require sandy, free-draining soil and are favoured by exhibitors but not consumers.

Location

Beets like deep sandy soil in a sunny position. Adding peat or well-rotted compost to the soil to help with drainage.

Planting

Seedlings should be 1" high before you thin them out do not attempt to replant thinnings as they will not thrive. Rows should be 12" apart and the individual plants 4" apart.

Maintenance

The plants should be weeded regularly but extra special care should be taken not to disturb the roots. Watering at fortnightly intervals prevents the beets from becoming woody or splitting. Seedlings need to be protected from birds. Once the plants have reached golf-ball size remove alternative plants and use the beets for cooking. The remaining plants should be left to reach full maturity.

Harvesting

Pull out beets or lift with a garden fork ensuring that the prongs do not come into contact with the roots. All produce to be used for storage should be lifted by October and any beets that have white rings inside when cut in half should be discarded.

Gardening Tips

  1. Sow small rows at regular monthy intervals to ensure a continuous crop
  2. Leave a 2" crown of stalks when harvesting them as this prevents bleeding
  3. Harvest crops when the beets are cricket ball size to keep them tender and prevent leathering of the skins
  4. Beets can be stored until March in stout boxes layered with dry peat.
  5. Washed and boiled beets smaller than 2" across can be frozen

Forthcoming Events

Generation Games Exhibition

Date:
27/04/2018 - 28/10/2018
Description:
This exhibition is a history of home computer games consoles throughout the ages

Amanda Denison Jewellery Showcase

Date:
04/08/2018 - 22/09/2018
Description:
Amanda Denison is inspired and intrigued by the traces left behind through decay and dilapidation and by the marks stamped on the urban environment. She is drawn to repeated elements that distort and change; her fascination with pattern and surface textures translates into her jewellery.

Leto & Ariadne Craft showcase

Date:
04/08/2018 - 22/09/2018
Description:
Craft showcaseLeto & Ariadne is the studio label of Nick Ozanne, a handweaver working on hand operated wooden looms. All parts of the process are carried out by hand in the studio, from the initial design and preparation of the warp, through to the final washing and hand finishing of the fabrics.

Portal and One Year On Art Exhibition

Date:
04/08/2018 - 22/09/2018
Description:
Portal and One Year OnFeaturing the work of this year's top UK graduates in the applied arts
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