Root Vegetables with BigYellowBag!

Root vegetables are great. They’re hearty, they offer a lot of flavours, they generally have a long shelf life, and most of them can be made into fries. What’s not to love about that?

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The thing about root vegetables is, they tend to absorb a lot of their nutrients from the soil. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you’re offering them the absolute best soil to grow in right from the start. We recommend BigYellowBag Black Garden Soil, which is absolutely packed with essential nutrients and organic matter. Also, our soil has the perfect balance of drainage and moisture retention. That’s because we use a carefully-crafted mix of black loam, peat loam, compost and manure. We also make sure to screen our soil multiple times, to ensure that it’s light, fluffy and doesn’t have clumps.

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Essential Root Vegetables

Now that you know the best soil to grow your root veggies in, what should you plant? Here are some of our suggestions.


Beets have a strong earthy flavour that’s slightly bitter. While they’re not for everyone, the people who do like them can find a lot of ways to incorporate them into their meals, such as roasting them and pickling them. Beets have a beautiful, deep colour that can give your dish a distinctive look. They also offer a lot of health benefits, such as helping to fight inflammation and helping keep your blood pressure in check.

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Carrots really are incredibly versatile. They can go into soups, stews, stir fry; they can be braised, boiled, sauteed, blended, glazed. You can toss them in salads, or you can dip them in some dressing or hummus for a quick, healthier snack. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, carrot cake can be a delicious treat to enjoy. And since they’re packed with Vitamin A, they actually do help your eyesight (which may be why you never see a rabbit wearing glasses).


One of the friendliest smells in the world is onions being fried on the stove. It’s a scent that lets everyone know that something delicious is on its way. Onions come in a lot of varieties, and the flavours can range from sweet to very sharp or spicy. While oftentimes onions make us cry when we cut them, they still manage to find their way into many of our dishes. They offer an extra little flavour that brings the whole thing together. They are also good for you, being packed with antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins. 

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Radishes pack a peppery punch and are a good source of vitamins, particularly C and B2 (riboflavin).. They can be eaten raw in a salad, or you can pair them with some butter and salt. They can be added to tacos and other Mexican-inspired dishes, and they go well in tea sandwiches, too. If their strong flavour isn’t really your thing, then try them roasted – they get a sweet, buttery flavour when they get a quick blast of high heat.


Potatoes are a main ingredient in so many indulgent and comfort foods, like soup, chips and fries, which is part of why they have a bit of a bad reputation. But they actually have a lot to offer when it comes to eating healthy. Potatoes have fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Since potatoes have a pretty mild flavour on their own, they can be used in a multitude of dishes to bring a literal world of flavours to your table.

Root Vegetables Thrive in BigYellowBag Black Garden Soil!

Cameron Shimoda

Garden and Soil Enthusiast