Kitchen Garden

KG PROBLEM SOLVER

DOING THE SPLITS

I have had a problem with my beetroot splitting. Can you tell me what has caused this?

Michael Binns, North Yorkshire

Emma Rawlings, deputy editor Kitchen Garden magazine EMMA SAYS: Splitting in beetroot is usually caused by uneven watering. For example, the very hot, dry weather we have had recently means that you will likely be watering and a sudden influx of water may cause the roots to swell quicker than normal, leading to splitting.

It is always difficult to keep watering evenly during a prolonged hot spell. Mulches and adding plenty of organic

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