Root crops — carrots, radishes, potatoes, beets, turnips, and parsnips — are among the the most exciting of the vegetable garden. They hide their harvest in the soil, making harvest time into a treasure hunt, and once they finally emerge from the soil, they are versatile: you can eat them immediately or store them.
Many root crops can be grown in containers as well as the garden, and all are easy to cultivate in rich, well-worked soil. Radishes offer “instant gratification,” going from seed to harvest in just 3 weeks, and turnips are hot on their heels, often ready in about a month. Carrots, potatoes, and parsnips, on the other hand, take their time. All are cool-season crops, and some actually yield better flavor when touched with frost.
Want to learn more about growing these delicious veggies in your garden or in containers on the deck? Check out our Know Before You Grow tip sheet and get growing today!