Good enough to eat

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● STOR­ING Root Vegetables MOST root vegetables, in­clud­ing car­rots, parsnips, beet­root, turnip and leeks, stay fresh­est where they grow.

The win­ter months pro­vide nat­u­ral re­frig­er­a­tion, but you should give them ex­tra pro­tec­tion from frost by earth­ing them up, cov­er­ing them with straw or leaves or plac­ing a cloche over them.

Such mea­sures shouldn’t be taken un­til De­cem­ber, how­ever, oth­er­wise it may en­cour­age new growth.

Win­ter va­ri­eties are best for keep­ing in the ground, as they grow more slowly and are more tol­er­ant of the cold.

Parsnips be­come sweeter if kept in the ground dur­ing the win­ter, while swedes and turnips can be­come coarse and fi­brous if left in the ground too long.

If you’re wor­ried that your soil tem­per­a­ture is go­ing to drop be­low freez­ing, it may be wise to lift and store them now.

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