Beetroot develops a very attractive colour in black clay soil. Grow in many of the more lively or looser clays but removing and cleaning them can be a big job. As clay soil hold much more water than other soil types, they need a lot more irrigation to wet to the same depth as in sand.
Beets like sandy loam soils but will also grow in other soil types. They can grow in clay soils but dense clay will produce tough, stringy beets and if the soil is too rich, the beets will go to seed quickly.
In fact clay soils offer plants two major advantages over other soil types as they hold water well, minimizing drought stress and are abundant in nutrients essential for plant growth. While clay soils ability to retain water usually benefits plants in some cases, this can be too much of a good thing.
Beets provide some impressive health benefits. Not to mention they are low in calories and a great source of nutrients, including fiber, folate and vitamin C. Beets also contain nitrates and pigments that may help lower blood pressure and improve athletic performance.
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