root crop


Definition of root crop

: a crop (such as turnips) grown for its enlarged roots

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Plant root crops such as beets, carrots, radishes, rutabagas and turnips by seed. Calvin Finch,, "Yeah, it feels wrong, but it’s time to plant your winter vegetables," 30 Aug. 2019 Children frequently put dirty hands in their mouths and sometimes eat soil, and adults and children might ingest soil adhering to root crops. Washington Post, "If you’re worried your soil is contaminated, get it tested," 27 Aug. 2019 Biennial root crops include beet, carrot, parsnip and leek. Pam Peirce,, "It’s time for midsummer harvesting: Use it or lose it," 2 Aug. 2019 An example of an annual root crop is the salad radish. Pam Peirce,, "It’s time for midsummer harvesting: Use it or lose it," 2 Aug. 2019 And that would also allow farmers to plan ahead and sell more stored root crops and greenhouse and hoop crops. Alison Arnett,, "Cold, wet spring made for some stressed-out farmers — and delayed strawberries," 10 June 2019 Feed your growing plants by watering every couple of weeks with compost tea or applying a fertilizer recommended for potatoes or root crops. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Your Own Turmeric Indoors," 22 July 2018 In mid-August set out broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts transplants, and in late August sow beets, carrots, radishes, spinach, lettuce and other leaf and root crops. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Here’s your gardening to-do list for the second part of the summer," 11 July 2018 Then, follow the heavy feeding crops with light-feeding root crops. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How Crop Rotation Can Help You Manage Pests And Improve Soil Quality," 23 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of root crop

1834, in the meaning defined above

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