Those are (well... WERE) rutabagas.
I guess I know what I'm planting there for fall. Hmm... I have spelt and triticale in the freezer, I think. I *could* try barley there since its a protected area. If barley does survive the winter in that bed, I could try dry cultivating rice there next year and try to follow the Fukuoka method exactly (barley, clover, rice rotation).
It makes sense that you've never seen this. Alkaline soil is the cure: 1500lbs/acre hydrated lime to being up soil pH to 7-7.2 at least 6 wks before planting (or chemical fungicide
) -- but I can't do that there because there is a healthy Swamp Azalea to the side of the bed -- which also is a good indication that this area is defintely on the acid side.
Maybe I'll try potatoes the after the grain.... Hmm... Should the grain be grown there for the whole season and not just green manure? So potatoes the following year (unless barley survives, then maybe permanent Fukuoka bed).
...OR maybe southern high bush blueberries and some rabbit-eyes which I normally can't grow.