Beetroot is a handy vegetable for any gardener, its short stature and speedy growth make it the perfect crop to intermingle between rows of slower growing plants. But what if we are in the height of summer, can you still plant beetroot in July? Lets find out!
Can I Plant Beetroot In July?
The only thing you need to be mindful of when sowing anything in July is the weather. It is likely to be warm and dry, which means you will need to do plenty of watering.
To start with the seeds will germinate or germinate poorly at least, if they are not kept moist. And then young plants are very susceptible to drying out so also need regular watering.
You also want to grow a bolt resistant variety like Boltardy as we will be growing through the hottest months of the year. Also keeping your beetroot well watered will reduce the chances of them bolting.
Regular beetroot will be ready to harvest in 8-10 weeks after sowing so when sown in July you can expect to harvest them Sept-Oct-Nov depending on when in July you planted your beets.
How To Grow Beetroot
Beetroot likes good quality soil and being a root vegetable will benefit from a stone free soil. If your soil is poor then mix in some compost or manure before planting.
Sow in rows and sow every couple of weeks for a successional harvest. Thin seedlings to 10 cm apart or closer for a quick harvest.
If you leave you beets closer than 10cm you can harvest alternate beetroot when they are still small, roughly golfball sized. This gives you a speedy harvest and then also leaves room for the rest of your plants to fully mature.
Beetroot doesn’t need much care but do keep on top of the watering if we haven’t had any rain for a while.