As root crops refers to crops that several times during the growth Editing by Behacken need the soil to prevent it caked and possibly grow a few weeds. Agricultural root crops also include field crops that were not able to keep the distance to the neighboring plants when they were sown and that had to be separated afterwards using a hoe, such as with maize before there were mechanical maize layers or sugar beet before the introduction of the dipping machine .
This repeated cultivation of the soil is necessary because root crops grow relatively slowly at first and are therefore easily overgrown by fast-growing wild herbs . Today weeds are mostly removed mechanically using a hoe or herbicides (chemical agents). The latter is not possible in organic cultivation and in permaculture .
Growing root crops is worth the extra effort, as they bring large yields.
The root crops include: