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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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