Growing beetroot

We've chosen two varieties of beetroot for the "Grow for Reading Town Meal" campaign. These are:

  • Boltardy from Seed Co-operative
  • Cylindra from Seed Co-operative

Sow seeds from April to June 2.5cm deep in rows 30cm apart. Thin the plants to a distance of 7 - 10 cm. Harvest can start in the summer. For storage, harvest in autumn before frosts start. Twist off leaves and store in a frost-free place, covered in sand.

Boltardy

This is described as a general purpose variety for fresh use and storage. Can be sown early.

Cylindra

Pick regularly for small long roots with a very good flavour. Can grow to a large size without becoming woody.

 
 
 

Related resources

Grow Your Own Vegetables

Excellent book on growing vegetables with sections on techniques, a directory of vegetables, seasonal guide to jobs, and appendices on veg for the hungry gap, successional sowing and more.

How to create a New Vegetable Garden

Charles Dowding draws on his years of experience, to show how easy it is to start a new vegetable garden. Any plot -- whether a building site, overgrown with weeds or unwanted lawn -- can be turned into a beautiful and productive vegetable area. Charles's no-nonsense and straightforward advice is the perfect starting point for the beginner or experienced gardener. The book takes you step-by-step through: * Planning and early stages * Clearing the ground * Mulch - what, why, how? * Minimizing digging * Sowing and planting across the seasons * Growing in polytunnels and greenhouses It is filled with labour-saving ideas and the techniques that Charles uses to garden so successfully, and is illustrated throughout with photos and tales from Charles's first year in his new vegetable garden.

Organic Gardening The Natural No-Dig Way

A very helpful book about growing fruit and vegetables organically and without digging.

Seed sowing techniques

Advice from the Royal Horticultural Society about how to sow seeds

Upcoming events

RFGN at Water Fest
Sat 16 Jun 2018 11:00am - 5:00pm Along the Kennet, between Chestnut Walk and the Riverside Museum

This year's Reading Water Fest will coincide with the official reopening of Reading Abbey and the start of the Reading Abbey Revealed Festival.  

The event takes place in the Forbury Gardens, Abbey Ruins and along The Kennet, between Chestnut Walk and the Riverside Museum. The event will consist of live entertainment, children's activities and refreshments, water activities, narrow boats, craft and charity stalls. 

We'll be sharing a stand with Food4families, and promoting our "Grow for Reading Town Meal" campaign, with free seeds and seedlings for people to grow for the meal. We'll also have our seed swap with us, so please bring any spare seeds and have a rummage for interesting things to grow.

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RFGN at East Reading Festival
Sun 17 Jun 2018 12:00pm - 6:00pm Palmer Park, Reading

East Reading Festival is a local community festival that runs in June every year in Palmer Park, East Reading. 

We'll be sharing a stand with Food4families, and promoting our "Grow for Reading Town Meal" campaign, with free seeds and seedlings for people to grow for the meal. We'll also have our seed swap with us, so please bring any spare seeds and have a rummage for interesting things to grow.

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RFGN at Whitley Fun Day
Sat 7 Jul 2018 12:00pm - 3:00pm Rabson's Rec, Northumberland Avenue RG2 8DF

A fun day of food and activities, organised by South Reading Churches.

We'll be sharing a stand with Food4families, and promoting our "Grow for Reading Town Meal" campaign, with free seeds for people to grow for the meal.

Seed to Plate - Growing Winter Salads
Sat 11 Aug 2018 10:00am - 4:00pm Walled Garden Packing Shed, Hardwick Road, Whitchurch-on-Thames RG8 7RB

Learn how to keep your garden growing through the winter months and keep the greens on your plate!

Who is the workshop for? This workshop is aimed at beginner or more experienced gardeners who wish to develop their skills in organic, sustainable gardening techniques and want to harvests crops continually through the seasons.

What will you learn? This workshop will take you through the basics, deal with your queries and build your confidence to keep your veg plot productive through the colder months. It will involve both a theoretical and a practical session and introduce participants to key essentials, including:

  • Choosing your growing system
  • Planning your sowing schedule & selecting varieties for winter cropping
  • How to sow, grow and harvest for the best results
  • Soil preparation & management – including fertility-building and rotation
  • Propagation media, materials and techniques

You will sow your own salad seedlings to grow on at home.

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