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●● 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.