When you open a seed catalog or visit a garden center, you may be boggled at the sight of all the different varieties for some of the root crops, particularly carrots and beets. As long as your seeds come from a reputable seed company, choose according to your own soil conditions and tastes.
For instance, if you have heavy clay soil, stick with short, stocky carrots or parsnips rather than long, tapered ones. If you have a very short or very long growing season, pick varieties that mature earlier or later than others. To enjoy your harvest through the winter, choose types that are good winter keepers or those that can or freeze well. The descriptions on the seed packets or in catalogs will help you select varieties with the characteristics you're looking for. It's also a good idea to check with your local county extension agent or a gardening neighbor for advice as to seed varieties well adapted to your area.
You'll develop preferences once you've tasted the results of each crop, but you're sure to have some success with any variety. So be adventurous and experiment a bit.
|1. History of Root Crops|
|2. All About Horseradish|
|3. Beet Varieties|
|4. Carrot Varieties|
|5. Radish Varieties|
|6. Celeriac - Lazy Man's Celery|
|7. Turnip and Rutabaga Varieties|
|8. Parsnip Varieties|
|9. All About Salsify|
|10. Selecting Root Crop Seeds ← you're on this article right now|
|11. Planning Your Root Crop Garden|
|12. How Root Crops Grow|
|13. Carrot Essentials|
|14. Parsnip Essentials|
|15. Radish Essentials|
|16. Turnip Essentials|
Article published on June 23, 2008.