root crop


Definition of root crop 

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

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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 Feed your growing plants by watering every couple of weeks with compost tea or applying an organic fertilizer recommended for potatoes or root crops according to its label’s recommendations. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Turmeric Indoors (It's Easier Than You Think)," 3 Feb. 2017 That name was already applied to a tropical root crop, a species of Dioscorea, commonly grown around the world in tropical climates. Dan Gill,, "What is the difference between sweet potatoes and yams?," 17 Mar. 2018 The simplest plants for beginners are greens such as lettuce, spinach and chard, or root crops such as radishes and carrots, Botts said. Felicia Dechter,, "Column: Oak Park gardening expert headed to Chicago Flower & Garden Show," 8 Mar. 2018 And check out a very rare root crop, mauka, which was unknown to most until the 1960s. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Yacon, ulluco, skirret: Here are some exotic tubers worth trying in your Alaska garden," 2 Feb. 2018 Still time to plant cool-season vegetables: Direct seed root crops like carrots, radishes and turnips now., "This week's gardening tips: plant caladium tubers indoors, harvest parsley," 10 Feb. 2018 Then there is skirret, a root crop that lost popularity when the potato was introduced into Europe. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Yacon, ulluco, skirret: Here are some exotic tubers worth trying in your Alaska garden," 2 Feb. 2018

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1834, in the meaning defined above

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