How to Grow Root Vegetables

Growing root vegetables poses a very unique problem. Root vegetables grow out of sight, so we often don’t know if there is a problem until we harvest them. Experience is a great teacher, but here are some tips to get you started on the right track, toward growing a successful harvest of all sorts of root vegetables.

A general tip for all kinds of root crops is that the soil needs to be loose enough for them to send down roots. If the soil is compacted or rocky, the roots will become distorted and forked. If you have extremely poor soil, you will be better off growing root crops in a raised bed. You could devote one section of your vegetable garden to this raised bed and rotate your root crops in it, throughout the season.

Beets

Beets are considered a root crop, but the leaves are edible too. Probably the hardest thing about growing beets is thinning the plants. The seeds form in clusters and if you don’t break the clusters apart, they sprout all crowded together. The good news is that you can eat any plants you thin. The tender greens are a great addition to salads and stir fries.

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