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Growing On The High Plains: Secondary Root Crops

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Talk about root vegetables, and most people zone in on the obvious suspects: potatoes, carrots, and beets. So on this week’s edition of Growing on the High Plains, we’ll talk about the “B-sides” of the root veggie world: parsnips, turnips, rutabagas, and celeriac (celery root). As long as your soil is primed, you’ll pull up some delicious deep-cuts that aren’t as common to the gardener’s table.

Years ago Skip Mancini left the rocky coast of Northern California to return to her roots in the heartland. Her San Francisco friends, concerned over her decision to live in a desolate flatland best known for a Hollywood tornado, were afraid she would wither and die on the vine. With pioneer spirit, Skip planted a garden. She began to learn about growing not only flowers and vegetables, but hearts and minds. If you agree that the prairie is a special place, we think you'll enjoy her weekly sojourns into Growing on the High Plains.