One of the easier root vegetables to grow, they don't require loads of space so you could easily grow them in a raised bed or pot as they have few pest and diseases. It's easy to grow them organically, by using organic mulches like sugar cane and improving the soil with cow and chook manures, blood n bone, potash from a fireplace etc and by fertilizing with natural manure pellets and fish emulsions. Don't forget to use the liquid seaweeds to improve soil bacteria and general health of the plant as well.
So why is it a little scary ? well, when you eat a lot of beetroot in one sitting, it's amazing red colour, well - shows up in the toilet! No, your not bleeding internally - it's just the beetroot :) only, my husband didn't put 2 and 2 together and thought he had a serious problem! ha ha - you should have seem his face when he told me -I just looked at him and smiled with a little shake of the head and gently reminded him of the roasted whole beets we ate. Poor him, he was so relieved, and I'm pretty sure it will become a little family joke.