The easiest way to grow a lot of food--

Roots give big yields with little care and low fertility.

Not even grains can give you so much food value for so little space and effort. 

They also keep well, and don't need processing.

Some, like potatoes and other Andean tubers, are not grown from seed. But that leaves many easily-grown and tasty alternatives. They can be started in flats and planted out at final spacing if you want to make every inch count. Or, if you wish to save time, you can mix the seed with soil and broadcast the seed over the prepared bed, gently raking it in.   
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Vra 5050 daikon radish 06 web

All Seasons (Tokinashi) Daikon Radish

All Seasons, Tokinashi. Juicy, crunchy long white roots for raw eating, cooking, and pickles. Excellent pickled. Daikon is a fall crop, overwintering in zone...
  • Days to maturity: 65
  • Seeds per packet: 350
  • Germination days: 7-14
Vca2888atomicred

Atomic Red Carrot

Unique new color in carrots and full of anti-oxidants. Pair it with your other favorites for a rich new look in vegetables, especially welcome in the spring ...
  • Days to maturity: 75
  • Germination days: 6-21
  • Spacing: 3
Vca 2890 autumn+king+carrots

Autumn King Carrot

Huge uniform roots of exceptional color, crisp flesh and high yields; fine variety for winter storage and for storing in the ground under snow. Good type for...
  • Seeds per packet: 800
  • Days to maturity: 85
  • Germination days: 6-21
Vpa 4731

Bedford Monarch Parsnip

A very rare old English parsnip variety. Long white roots with broad shoulders and sweet flavor. The roots can get huge & therefore provide a very high y...
  • Germination days: 15-28
  • Seeds per packet: 180
  • Days to maturity: 100
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Bulls Blood Beet, Organic

Ancient French variety known for its very dark red-purple leaves with mild enough flavor for salad. Dark red roots are also tasty, sweet, but irregular in sh...
  • Days to maturity: 35-58
  • Planting depth: 1/2"
  • Seeds per packet: 160
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Chantenay Carrot, Organic

French heirloom from the late 1800s. Wide 5 ½" deep-orange, shorter roots cope well with problem soils. Yields heavily, keeps well, good eating, freezing, al...
  • Seeds per packet: 800
  • Days to maturity: 70
  • Germination days: 6-21
Vra 5080 cherrybelle

Cherry Belle Radish, Organic

AAS. Fast growing, round, bright cherry-red roots with a crisp, firm white flesh. Succession sow through spring and summer. Good keeper BOTANICAL NAME: R...
  • Days to maturity: 25
  • Spacing: 2
  • Germination days: 3-5
Beet+chioggia

Chioggia, Candystripe Beet, Organic

Italian heirloom from 1840. Sweet, mild tasty beet with rosy pink skin and vibrant green leaves. Slices are spectacular with deep-pink and white rings like a...
  • Days to maturity: 55
  • Seeds per packet: 160
  • Spacing: 4
Vca 2960 carrot  dragon web

Dragon Purple Carrot

Purple on the outside and orange/yellow on the inside. Grow a bouquet of 9"colored carrots for veggie platters! Has a spicy flavor.  BOTANICAL NAME: Daucus...
  • Days to maturity: 75
  • Germination days: 6-21
  • Spacing: 3
Vbe 2465 early+wonder+tall+top+beet

Early Wonder Tall Top Beet, organic

Early and easy with great flavor, and lots of greens for cooking-Early Wonder has been a favorite in home gardens and farmer's markets for many years. Heart-...
  • Days to maturity: 45
  • Seeds per packet: 160
  • Spacing: 4
Beet+mangel

Early Yellow Intermediate Mangel Beet

Sweet, prize-winning flavor.These produce a lot of food value in a small space. French heirloom from the 1800's with great flavor, yield, and storability.Sw...
  • Days to maturity: 65
  • Spacing: 7
  • Seeds per packet: 50
Vra 5090 aimlessly+blog housedrone.blogspot

French Breakfast Radish, Organic

Heirloom from 1885, oblong, blunt-ended root, red-rose topped and white on the bottom. Flesh crisp, tender and mildly pungent. They grow fast - succession so...
  • Days to maturity: 25
  • Spacing: 2
  • Germination days: 3-5
Vtu 5925 gilfeatherturnip2

Gilfeather Turnip, Organic

An heirloom that has become a New England classic, with a festival in its honor in Wardsboro, VT. (All the dishes served at the festival contain this, Wardsb...
  • Germination days: 4-8
  • Days to maturity: 85
  • Planting depth: 1/4-1/2
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Golden Beet

Round, quick-growing orange roots turn gold-yellow when cooked. Color is deep and glowing, non-bleeding, and easy to use in mixed foods-doesn't stain the coo...
  • Days to maturity: 55
  • Seeds per packet: 160
  • Spacing: 4
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Jicama

Also called Mexican Yam and Mexican Turnip. Jicama is a vine up to twenty feet long. In warm winter areas it can be planted outdoors in the spring; otherwise...
  • Germination days: 12-18
  • When to plant: Indoors
  • Days to maturity: 280
Vru 5212

Joan Rutabaga, organic

People are rediscovering the rutabaga Partly because it's related to kale and shares many of the same health benefits, and partly because of the flavor and v...
  • Germination days: 4-8
  • Planting depth: 3/8
  • Days to maturity: 95
Beet lutzgreenleafwinterkeeper

Lutz (Greenleaf, Winter Keeper) Beet

The best red storage beet, large and very sweet. Long harvest period-keeps its choice, sweet flavor and tender texture all the way up into the largest sizes....
  • Days to maturity: 65-70
  • Seeds per packet: 160
  • Spacing: 4
Vtu 5940 veggiepatchrei lb

Orange Jelly, Golden Ball Turnip

Very high-quality selection with outstanding flavor, texture, and storage ability. Dependable and forgiving of poor conditions. Can be sown late in the seaso...
  • Seeds per packet: 160
  • Days to maturity: 60
  • Germination days: 5-10
Vtu 5945 mysuburbanhomestead

Purple Top White Globe Turnip, Organic

This is a very popular turnip because of its handsome shape, fine quality and attractive appearance. Produces uniform roots, each one as smooth and round as ...
  • Days to maturity: 50
  • Seeds per packet: 160
  • Germination days: 5-10
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Saint Valery Carrot

 A legendary carrot, French heirloom from 1885. Very smooth, uniform root with bright red-orange skin. Large: 10-12" with 2-3" shoulder. Flesh is fine-graine...
  • Seeds per packet: 800
  • Days to maturity: 80
  • Germination days: 6-21
Vsa 5219 salsifyflower

Salsify

Other common names are vegetable oyster, haverwortel, and havrerod. Long white roots with rich flavor and smooth firm texture. Eaten boiled, steamed, fried, ...
  • Germination days: 6-18
  • Days to maturity: 120
  • Spacing: 3
Vtu 5955+scarlet+ohno+turnip

Scarlet Ohno Turnip, Organic

Easy to grow. Beautiful, bright red-skinned roots with refined flattened shape and mild salad flavor. Outstanding greens. Unlike most turnip greens, these ar...
  • Days to maturity: 50
  • Germination days: 5-10
  • Seeds per packet: 100
Vbe 2483 beet shiraz web

Shiraz Beet, Organic

A fast-growing, vigorous table beet with big tops, and a smooth round red-purple root. Incredibly easy to grow, and dependable.Selected for resistance to Riz...
  • Days to maturity: 58
  • Seeds per packet: 160
  • Spacing: 4
Vbe 2500 konasewich web

Sugar Beet, organic

Non-GMO sugar beet seed. We are pleased to make this self-suffciency crop available. Large 3 lb white or pale yellow beets with a sweet flavor. Delicious shr...
  • Spacing: 7
  • Days to maturity: 110
  • Germination days: 5-14
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Takinogawa Long (Gobo) Burdock

Classic heirloom variety for cooking. Tender and mild-tasting, with very long roots. Try braising them like carrots, with a bit of soy and honey. The flavor ...
  • Days to maturity: 120
  • Spacing: 4
  • Seeds per packet: 60
Vpa 4791 lg homeschooler

Tender and True Parsnip

Fine-flavored old English variety that has become unavailable in recent years. Truly delicious roasted or braised, with a very sweet rich flavor and tender t...
  • Germination days: 15-28
  • Seeds per packet: 180
  • Days to maturity: 100
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Tokyo Market Turnip

Small, white roots grow very fast-as fast and easy as a radish, with very mild, sweet flavor and juicy crunch. Greens are smooth and non-hairy-great for cook...
  • Days to maturity: 40
  • Seeds per packet: 160
  • When to plant: Late summer
Vpa 4735

Turga Parsnip, Organic

Moderately tapered shorter white roots10-12" long and 3.5" across, with almost no hollow crown and no side roots. Easier to grow in clay than longer varietie...
  • Germination days: 15-28
  • Seeds per packet: 180
  • Days to maturity: 100