Treat these earthy roots well and they will thrive, says our gardening expert
To taste the rich, mineral flavours of beetroot is to sample the true essence of your garden, for no other vegetable comes so close to tasting as your soil might. To say little of how pleasing beetroot look when in fine fettle, with the back-lit sun on their leaves. On the allotment I have patches of them to eat, small and sweet, throughout the summer, but in my garden at home I dot them along the bed edges where they will sit all winter offering structure and verdant leaves until I pluck them one by one to eat in early spring.
It’s a little too late to sow for overwintering, but it’s always worth a gamble because if they don’t fatten up you can eat them in early autumn as small and perfectly sweet.