Root vegetables - Knowledgebase Question

Camino, Ca
Question by richnvic
March 9, 2010
My radishes, carrots, beets, etc. come up with nice healthy tops but the roots(edible portions) do not grow. What is lacking?

Answer from NGA
March 9, 2010


Root crops grow best in a deep, loose soil that retains moisture yet is well-draining. Amending your soil with compost or other organic matter will help loosen it. You might want to have your soil tested: root crops do not grow well in very acid soils. The optimum pH range is between 6 and 6.5 for vegetables. Proper watering can make the difference between good production and poor production. Vegetables need at least 1 inch of water from rainfall or irrigation each week during the growing season. Always soak the soil thoroughly when watering. This helps to promote good root development. Hope you have a better harvest this year!

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