Root Vegetables: Get Back To Your Roots!
It’s time to consider getting back to your roots in the garden. Carrots, beets, radishes, turnips – there’s a wide variety of root vegetables that you can easily grow and enjoy at home!
When you think about it, it should come as no surprise that the soil is very important when growing these types of vegetables. They do best when they are planted in a deep, loose soil that retains proper moisture, but also drains well, and gives them room to grow into the soil without having to work too hard at it.
It’s ALL About the Soil!
In other words, they grow extremely well in BigYellowBag’s Black Garden Soil. The light, fluffy properties of the soil make for a perfect growing medium. It’s a calibrated mix of black loam, peat loam, compost and manure. Loam is a soil type comprised of sand, silt and clay in the ideal ratios for gardening. This type of soil has the right properties to ensure your gardening success. It is also packed with essential nutrients and organic matter to give your plants the ‘food’ they need.
Root vegetables are generally planted directly into the garden. If you start early in the spring, you can actually get two harvests with most root vegetables.
Root Vegetables Are Tastey!
Carrots grow fairly quickly and can be harvested while they are still young, and so you can plant more often, about every three weeks. Beets, turnips and radishes shouldn’t be left too long. Be sure to harvest them as they reach a good, usable size. Parsnips and rutabagas are usually left alone until late fall. Be careful you don’t break the roots when you’re removing them.
It’s important to thin your root crops regularly. Depending on your crop, they may need as little as two inches, or as much as an eight inches of space. Remember that you shouldn’t transplant long-rooted vegetables like carrots or parsnips; otherwise their roots will fork as they develop.
Take Good Care of Your Crop
Proper watering is vital for root vegetables. During growing season, be sure to soak the soil with an inch of water only once per week; this helps the plants develop good roots. A light surface watering will only serve to encourage shallow root development, which will make your plants more vulnerable to hot weather, and will reduce the quality of your crop.
Root vegetables need room to grow in the soil. Because of this, it is important to make sure you weed early and often. You don’t want to disturb the roots of the vegetables when they are in their earliest stages, so that is why it is important to remove weeds before they have a chance to get established.
You can enjoy your crop right away, or store it for later. Root vegetables are a perfect way to add tons of flavour and tons of nutrients to your meals!