Digging Root Vegetables

Potato Onions

February 28, 2007

What’s a Potato Onion you ask? Well it’s definitely not a potato, not even distantly related to those starchy tubers. No, it’s not some weird genetic cross between a potato and an onion. Potato onions are actually a type of onion that has more in common with a shallot than either a potato or an onion, so don’t ask me how it got its name.


Garden Fresh Rutabagas

October 4, 2006

Rutabagas are one of my favorite root vegetables and if you’ve never tasted or raised home grown rutabagas you’re in for a treat. Many people are clueless about just how good rutabagas are, and I have to confess that I was one of them and missed out on enjoying this delicious vegetable in the kitchen as well as the garden for many years.


Colorful Carrots

August 7, 2006

A friend was surprised recently when I commented that carrots aren’t always orange in color. You may also be surprised to discover just how many different colors of carrots the resourceful gardener can grow in an ornamental vegetable garden.


Salsify – Oyster Plant

April 18, 2006

I recently planted Salsify, also known as Oyster Plant or Vegetable Oyster, in my garden and the seeds have already sprouted and began growing. Salsify is a rather uncommon root crop that is not often found growing in home gardens, but is actually a very care free vegetable to cultivate.


Fingerling Potatoes

March 10, 2006

Fingerling Potatoes remain obscure even as their heirloom cousins such as the yellow fleshed and All-Blue varieties grow in popularity and show up regularly at the local grocers. Fingerling Potato Characteristics I like fingerling potatoes because they’re unusual, attractive, tasty, and easy to grow in the backyard garden. Fingerlings are also very productive and display […]


Best Time to Dig Potatoes

January 29, 2006

Cindy who grows her garden in Apopka, Florida recently raised a question regarding the best time to dig potatoes: “Yesterday we discovered that all three of our plants now have produced potatoes. My question is when is the right time for us to dig up our crop? We have noticed that we still have a few […]


Lutz Green Leaf Beet

January 19, 2006

Lutz Green Leaf Beet, also known as Long Seasons, is one of my favorite varieties of red beets. What’s so special about Lutz Green Leaf? Well to start with, it’s a sweet, deliciously flavored beet that performs very well in the home garden. As its alternate name “Long Seasons” suggests, this beet variety can remain […]



December 19, 2005

Parsnips are a delicious and nutritious root crop that doesn’t require much effort to grow in the backyard vegetable garden. I wasn’t acquainted with parsnips until I was an adult, but once I discovered this tasty vegetable I made sure to include it in my organic garden every year. The keys to success when growing […]


Growing Beets

December 7, 2005

This entry on growing beets is a follow-up to yesterday’s post which was devoted to planting red beet roots and getting them off to a good start in the garden. After the initial thinning you should continue thinning the plants throughout the season to maintain adequate space between the growing beet roots. Use the thinnings […]