Root Gratin

Use up your root vegetables in this wonderful version of scalloped potatoes using turnips and rutabagas. Ingredients​ 1½ cups Water 1½ cups Dijon mustard 2 tsp All-purpose flour Salt and pepper 2/3 cup Dry white wine ½ cup Heavy cream ½ Onion, finely chopped 1½ tsp Fresh thyme 1 Garlic clove, minced 2 lb Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/8 inch slices 1 Celery root (1 lb) peeled, quartered, and sliced into 1/8 inch slices 1 lb Rutabaga, turnips or combination, peeled, quartered, a

Turnips and Rutabagas are Great Additions to a Backyard Garden

Turnips and Rutabaga are cool season crops that requires temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees to grow to maturity. The soil must be at least 40 degrees for seeds to germinate which typically takes about 7-14 days. Hot weather will cause the leaves to brown and turn the vegetable root woody and bitter. Turnips and rutabagas are fairly tough crops that can be grown in almost any type of soil, but they do best in loose, organically rich, water-retentive but well-drained soil that's been worked deeply. The pH should be between 6.5 and 7.0. Phosphorus helps with root development so an application of rock phosphate or granite dust is helpful. Too much nitrogen will produce thick leaves but under

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