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Post  bettyDailey on 1/24/2019, 11:39 am

Two years ago I watched Mel Bartholomew video “An introduction to Square Foot Gardening”.  His motivation inspired me to join the Texas Master Gardeners as an intern.  Please I need some guidance and suggestions.  I am creating a presentation titled SFG - crop rotation.  The video mentioned three crops: fruit crop, root crop and leaf crop.  My examples are: fruit crop is corn, root crop is carrots. What category is asparagus?  Is celery a leaf crop?  Thanking you in advance for your feedback.  With much appreciation.  Betty Dailey :-)
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Post  OhioGardener on 1/24/2019, 2:09 pm

An Ohio welcome to you, Betty!

Check out this page with good descriptions of the Fruit, Root, and Leaf crops:

The Leaf, Root & Fruit Philosophy of Edible Gardening
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Post  bettyDailey on 1/24/2019, 3:07 pm

Thank you for your reply and the link to the website.  Added to my favorite bookmarks.  To my surprise celery is classified as a root crop.  So that tells me I have a lot to learn.  No information on asparagus.  Still researching online but cannot find the solution.  I believe this is a difficult question.  Open to any suggestions, corrections or explanations.  Thanks again.
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Post  OhioGardener on 1/24/2019, 5:35 pm

Interesting that it isn't listed.  I would consider it a Leaf since it does not produce edible fruit - we just eat the stem of it before it flowers.  The common definition of a root crop is something like this:

"THE CULINARY DEFINITION For good cooks and good eaters, a root vegetable is the underground, edible portion of a plant."
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Post  sanderson on 1/24/2019, 6:03 pm

Betty, Welcome to the Forum! glad you\'re here You have some interesting research going on. study

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Post  bettyDailey on 1/24/2019, 9:35 pm

Please help me on my road to Texas Master Gardener. My presentation titled Square Foot Gardener – crop rotation.  Most gardeners know leaf crops - lettuce, spinach, kale, Swiss chard.  Are there other less known leaf crops?  I love asparagus.  I agree with Ohio Gardener (thank you, thank you, thank you). Asparagus is a leaf crop.  What about celery?  Is this an above-ground edible plant?  So why is it categorized as a root crop?  Thank you for letting me share my confusion.  I am open to present another leaf crop that is less debated. WOW, this is an interesting topic! I think I am in trouble at my presentation.   HHHHEEELLLPPP!!!!  Appreciate your help and suggestions :-!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 1/24/2019, 9:50 pm

Betty, I am not sure how asparagus is getting categorized as a leaf crop,or celery... nor any of this honestly, but I’m glad you asked!  

Who is your audience?  For your presentation?  Asparagus is a permanent situ.  It takes years for it to get established.

What is your experience with SFG?  Would live to hear more about you!glad you\'re here
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 1/25/2019, 8:17 am

Hi Betty. I'm not an asparagus person, so can't help you there.... But welcome from Atlanta, GA!
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Post  Dan in Ct on 1/25/2019, 8:53 am

Hi Betty, welcome. I hope you are enjoying the course. There is a width and breadth of knowledge that will come your way that maybe overwhelming but relax and welcome to a lifetime of learning. Although I am a master gardener here in Ct., I will always consider myself a student. Asparagus is a fern botanically speaking and has fronds not leaves. Ferns are older than most plants and they are non-flowering so have their own reproductive system. I would have to do more research before I could definitively say that asparagus is a leaf crop but was totally surprised when I saw asparagus totally unfurled later in the season and had to have it identified. Asparagus is also a perennial one of the few in a vegetable garden.

Cabbage is a leaf crop you didn't mention but don't know if they are grown in Texas. 

Are you confusing celeriac with celery? Celeriac is grown for its celery tasting root and is a relative to celery which I would think is a leaf vegetable.

I would just relax and when giving your presentation know you are talking to fellow gardeners and enjoy sharing of knowledge. As part of my community outreach I started giving Garden Talks at local Grange last year and had my first one for 2019, last night. I had a blast. It was the first in a series of 10 - 1 hour talks. It ends at the end of May and hopefully I shared some bit of information that contributes to a slightly more bountiful harvest.
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