Turnips and beets in a fall garden

Asked November 19, 2016, 9:37 AM EST

The beets and turnips in my garden are about 1 inch in diameter. Even though they are small, should I pick them to eat now since they may not get any bigger OR should I leave them in the ground and let them overwinter and harvest the in the spring.

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

The vegetables will not get any larger now or in the spring. You can harvest now or you can leave in the ground and harvest over the winter as needed by covering the bed with a deep straw or leaf mulch. http://extension.umd.edu/growit/vegetable-profiles-beets