Root vegetables are full of invigorating vitamins and minerals that are fortunately available year round. However, between the fall and spring seasons is when they are at their prime stage for consumption. During this in-season time frame, the flavor of the roots are richer, sweeter and juicier than those picked during the summer months. Grow your very own hearty root vegetables this winter to experience some top quality flavors and nutrients!
- Carrots: Raw or cooked, these are such an easy vegetable to eat alone or paired in a dish. Either way, there are many great benefits from eating carrots and will easily match just about any recipe.
- Sweet Potatoes: These lovely vegetables are easily versatile and perfect for the holidays. They make for a great sweet or savory dish, and smell delicious.
- Ginger: If you’re searching for a natural antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and an overall detox, this is the number one ingredient. Ginger is the perfect smoothie ingredient to jumpstart your health.
- Beets: This “super food” is compacted with beta-carotene, which is an anti-oxidant. Their vibrant purple tone and earthy flavor work great for salad mixings.
- Turnips: Incorporate turnips into a soup or vegetable stir fry recipe to enhance the overall flavors of the dish. Although they have a mild flavor, they complement a variety of foods, especially when paired with stronger tasting vegetables.
- Parsnips: Full of a cinnamon flavor and the appearance of a white carrot, these roots are best used as a flavor in soups, or as a small garnish. Other seasonings such as thyme and nutmeg work well with parsnips.
For most gardeners, they leave the winter months for planning their spring and summer to-do list. But don’t let the cold weather stop you; prepping the garden and harvesting the vegetables is worth the time and so rewarding!
How to prepare the garden
Clean up any old plants or roots that are taking up space in the designated area. Once you begin to plant your winter vegetables, ensure that you rotate the location of the seeds. If they remain in the same area of soil for too long, the soil will lose its nutrients and pests will end up causing damage. When deciding where to position your garden, utilizing existing walls is a great option for blocking the wind from the plants. Poly-tunnels, often known as a PVC hoop houses, are also helpful options for protecting the plants from harmful weather conditions.
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