I don’t think so. Although I didn’t give myself a chance to take NO for an answer. I thinned the beets out when they were perhaps a bit too old. Ok, definitely, they were definitely too old.
Beetroot seed is known as cluster seed, meaning they contain around 3 seeds per cluster. This means that all three generally germinate, hence the need for thinning to get that beetroot shape we’ve all become accustomed to. This is an example of a germinate cluster seed, you can see three roots pushing out.
Leaving them too late means they’ve established themselves and the roots are nicely developed. So I literally had to cut them out, leave the strongest and space them accordingly.
I have unfortunately not had uniform success before thinning. There was much die-back but now I have successfully filled the space. LOTS of beetroot left over:
That’s literally half a sink-full (2 shopping bags full). What’s great about beetroot leaves is that they can be used much the same as spinach or as salad greens. High in Vit A and Vit C, fibre, protein, iron and calcium. They go down great with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper, in the pan or out.