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Tips for root crops

Root crops take up very little space in the garden and can also be grown in a deep pot. With a few tips, you can be harvesting your own tasty root crops.

1. Soil should be deep (12"), loose and both moisture- retaining and well draining. work it into a fine texture, free of soil clods, sticks, and rocks.

2. If you need to fertilize, make certain that the manure is well rotted and that you have more phosphate (encourages root growth) than nitrogen (encourages leaf growth).

3. Well-formed roots need adequate space; remember to thin soon after seedling emerge.

4. Once seedlings have emerged, water roots deeply. Topping beds with 3-4" of mulch greatly helps to retain moisture for thirsty roots, as lack of water can impact flavor.

Keep beds free of weeds, which cause competition for root space and water.


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Miss Gardening? Grow Green Beans Indoors This Winter

 

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For gardeners who just can’t stand to keep their hands out of the soil for any length of time, growing food indoors in containers can be a great pastime during the winter months.

 

Green beans are a relatively quick-growing vegetable that can be grown inside your home and also look quite beautiful, as well.

 

Plants that you are growing indoors can be started any time of the year, but you still need to remember that they have certain environmental requirements. Green beans need plenty of light, so you will need to place them in a part of your home where they can get a minimum of six hours of sunlight each day. Alternatively, grow lights can work if you do not have a window that gets enough sun.