Vegetable garden: growing beetroot

Sowing takes place from March when in nursery and from mid-May outdoor. When sown in nursery, transplant in ground takes place when 5 leaves have appeared. Harvesting takes place from mid-July and through to the first frosts.

Like any vegetable, it can be attacked by pests and diseases, such as downy mildew (a fungus that causes the appearance of brown spots on the leaves), rust (appearance of red spots on the leaves), cercospora (a fungus that will cause the appearance of grey spots on leaves) or flea beetle (an insect that eats the leaves, leaving holes on the leaves.) Subsequently these diseases cause a slower growth of the plant, which can even lead to the death of the latter. Beetroot is a vegetable but also a root.