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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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Drowning In Tomatoes? Try Something Different This Year.

 

If you’re a home gardener about to drowned in tomatoes rolling in off the vines and demanding to be consumed before they go bad, hang on. Here comes a life preserver.


I chop up a small bowlful of fresh very ripe tomatoes, add chopped red onion or scallions, minced garlic, chopped fresh basil, and extra-virgin olive oil.  I sometimes add Kalamata olives. I make this dish in the morning and let it set on the kitchen table all day. By evening meal time, the flavors have melded nicely, and I serve it over hot cooked spaghetti noodles and top it with fresh grated parmesan for an easy meal on a hot summer day.


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