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ROOT. That part of a tree or plant under ground from which it draws most of its nourishment from the earth.
     2. When the roots of a tree planted in one man's land extend into that of another, this circumstance does not give the latter any right to the tree, though such is the doctrine of the civil law; Dig. 41, 1, 7, 13; but such person has a right to cut off the roots up to his line. Rolle's R. 394, vide Tree.
     3. In a figurative sense, the term root is used to signify the person from whom one or more others are descended. Vide Descent; Per stirpes.

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Explanations for the virtual absence of root crops from the flot samples have been discussed by Miksicek (1991: 80).
The following year brassicas are grown where the potatoes were, the potatoes where the roots were, and root crops follow the brassicas.
When you plant in the spring, remember to include root crops that mature in the winter.
This time is best for planting root crops and transplanting bulbs or rhizomes.
Members of the cabbage family require heavy supplies of nitrogen, whereas root crops such as carrots, parsnips, turnips and beetroot need less nitrogen but considerable quantities of phosphate.
I have enjoyed the recent articles on Jerusalem artichokes, but what about some other root crops as feed--like rutabagas?
Therefore, the gross yield of root crops will comprise 146,700 tons this year against 195,400 tons in 2013.
Around 20 acres of land is used for arable or root crops with the remainder high quality pastureland.
In essence, you should consider that leafy greens are the most cold-resistant, root crops are next and tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, melons and cukes are tender to any cold.
Contributors in the food and agriculture sciences, biological and social sciences, economics, and other fields explore such topics as managing difficult soils, producing root crops in a sustainable manner, plant disease and its sustainable management, sustainable feed resources for hair sheep production, appropriate post-harvest practices for perishable crops in the Caribbean region, and participatory on-farm trials.
While digging in plenty of organic matter is always a good starting point, avoid putting root crops into newly manured ground, which can lead them to 'fork'.
Try growing leaf lettuce, beets, spinach and radishes and don't hesitate to plant root crops later than recommended.