Root vegetables are colorful and tasty, with distinctive and earthy flavors. They also provide vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. When growing your own, keep in mind that many root vegetable seeds are sown in cool seasons, either early spring or later summer/early fall for a fall crop. To avoid buildup of pests and diseases in the garden, rotate your root vegetables by family.
Have an abundance of sweet gums? They take way too long to compost, but make excellent mulch on an organic garden, and also are a natural slug and snail repellant. AND they repel (due to the not so nice pricklies) small rodents and squirrels. Another use: put them in the bottom of your containers when container gardening for drainage! See, they can have a functional purpose ;-)