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Root Vegetables: Carrots, Beets, Parsnips

With dozens of root vegetable varieties to choose from, the right selection can mean the difference between success and disappointment, so use this guide to determine what carrots, beets and parsnips will suit you best.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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Carrot <em>&lsquo;Parmex&rsquo;</em>

Dumpy, spherical roots make this one of the best carrots for sowing into patio pots or shallow soil. Despite their shape, they have a fine sweet flavor. The earliest crops can be sown under glass or protected with cloches.

Sow: Early to late spring
Harvest: Late spring to early fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

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