How to Grow Root and Stem Vegetables
Try this three-step process for making root and stem vegetables a healthy part of your vegetable garden.
- root and/or stem seeds
- watering can or garden hose
- small gardening hoe (optional)
Step 1: Plant the Seeds
When sowing directly in the soil, sow seeds in small clusters spaced at the correct planting distance. After germinating, thin each cluster of seedlings, leaving the strongest. Water plants well as they grow.
Step 2: Weed Around the Seedlings
Keep the seedlings weed-free, taking care not to damage the developing roots with the hoe; hand weed if possible. If intercropping, harvest and resow as soon as the catch crops are ready, but avoid disturbing the main crop.
Step 3: Harvest the Root Vegetables
Harvest some roots as soon as they reach a usable size, but leave others in the ground to grow longer; avoid disturbing adjacent plants. Remove all plant debris after harvesting to prevent the build up of diseases.