How To Sow Beetroot Seed In The Ground And In Containers

How To Sow Beetroot Seed In The Ground And In Containers

Versatile beetroot can be roasted, pickled, put in salads, made into soup...

Beetroot have become hugely trendy in recent years and fortunately they are cheap and easy to grow yourself, and much tastier than if bought from the supermarket. They can be grown in the ground or, if space is limited, in containers.

The variety we have chosen is ‘Rainbow Mix’ on a seed tape, a mixture of different coloured beets. These are already well spaced out so you won’t have to thin out too much.

You will need:

  • rake
  • seed
  • watering can with a fine rose
  • scissors to cut the tape
  • label

Make a groove in the soil with the edge of the rake.

Lay out the tape and cut off at the right length, they are perfectly spaced so there is less wastage when it comes to thinning out.

If you are sowing seed just scatter thinly along the groove. The seedlings which have been thinned out can be used in a salad.

Rake the soil back over the tape.

Water in with a fine rose.

Remember to keep them constantly damp, if the beets get too dry they will bolt.


Angela Slater

Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas.