Growing Beetroot, also Beets

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29 Jul 08 Barbara in Lane Cove (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I've had success with "chitting" the beetroot seed - ie" soaking it on a shallow tray between two layers of kitchen paper. You need to keep the paper wet. Keep an eye on them, and you'll see which seeds are sprouting, and just plant those. Has increased my success rate. Also highlights when a batch of seeds is past it (despite what the packet says).
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