root crop


Definition of root crop

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

Examples of root crop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When replanting edibles beds, follow heavy-feeding vegetables like spinach and cabbage with nitrogen-replenishing legumes such as beans, peas, and soybeans; or plant a less-demanding root crop. Sunset Magazine, "45 Things to Do in Your Garden Right Now," 3 Aug. 2020 The next 30 percent should be for high-calorie root crops, like potatoes. Ac Shilton, Popular Mechanics, "How to Grow Your Own Food," 21 Apr. 2020 Buy: Around $48 at Home Depot Digging fork A good garden fork is indispensable to loosen soil, aerate sod, dig root crops and transplant bulbs. oregonlive, "10 must-have garden supplies delivered to your door: ‘Gardening is not canceled’," 27 Mar. 2020 For fruit, strawberries are a good option. Trickier to grow are root crops like carrots, beets or potatoes, and tall ones like corn, which will fall over. oregonlive, "What you need to know about straw bale gardening in Oregon," 9 Mar. 2020 The 16-year-old agtech startup has taken aeroponics to an industrial scale, growing some 800 varieties of leafy greens, tubers, root crops, vine crops, and berries all without soil, sunshine, or pesticides. Anne Quito, Quartz, "Aeroponic technology feeds Singapore Airlines’s plan to upgrade in-flight meals," 21 Feb. 2020 The other root crops take longer to be ready to harvest but can be harvested over a long season. Calvin Finch,, "Yeah, it feels wrong, but it’s time to plant your winter vegetables," 30 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of root crop

1834, in the meaning defined above

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“Root crop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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