I try not to play favorites in my garden, but I am growing increasingly enamored of my root vegetables. They are easy to grow, have long windows for harvest, and the thinnings can usually be eaten. The carrots, for instance, have defied their prima donna reputation and been extremely low maintenance. Plus there’s the bonus of getting to eat the little carrots I pull out to make room for all the others to grow big.
Beets have been even easier and more versatile. I thinned out the earliest growth and got delicious beet greens for salads, and now I can thin out the baby beets for fancy appetizers. Onions, too, can be thinned and used as scallions, and garlic scapes have been all the rage on the blogs lately. Potatoes are one of the least fussy vegetables I can think of.
I’m not saying I’m about to rip the tomato plants out of my garden and plant turnips instead, but I think next year I will plant more of these low investment, high return root veggies. On the other hand… is it too late to sow parsnips?