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Growing Turnip

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Turnip in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 54°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 5 - 8 inches apart
  • Harvest in 6-9 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Peas, Beans, Chives, Spinach, Carrots, Chicory
  • Avoid growing close to: Potatoes, Tomatoes

Your comments and tips

24 Nov 10, John Bee (Australia - tropical climate)
Hi Tania, Sorry for the delay in replying. I only just noticed your question about turnips... I’ve been growing turnips very successfully for years in my home garden. In fact I’ve never seen the swollen stem base (it’s technically not a root) growing actually in the ground. All of mine have always been fully exposed… maybe it’s the variety I use.. Actually it’s very handy in harvesting because I plant very closely and then thin out by removing the largest plant when it is of edible size. And I do that by just feeling amongst the thick foliage to find the largest base and then pull it out and let the smaller ones around it grow to be large enough to harvest on or two weeks later. My major problem with growing turnips is when I grow them in the same piece of ground for a few years in a row, they really get root nematodes quite badly so I must really start a crop rotation system. Cheers John Bee.
08 Jul 10, dave moss (United Kingdom - cool/temperate climate)
hi, being a novice gardener , first year after retirement, i have planted numerous veg with a limited success, but turnips have been a castraphe, can't spell either, turnips have grown to the size of a jaffa orange, upon pulling 2 up one was split and both were brown inside , not right through but it put us off eating them, can you possibly advise what i have done wrong, thank you dave
23 Dec 09, pete (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
re turnip spacings - i think 10 cms would be plenty - just so long as they are not hard up against each other
27 Apr 09, Peggy (Australia - temperate climate)
I am having trouble with my Turnip seeds coming up, wice I have planted them and no result.Peggy
28 Jul 08, Nikki (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Thanks Liz, we are new to vegie gardening!
28 Jul 08, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Nikki, about 20 cm apart would be good spacing.
27 Jul 08, Nikki (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have direct planted turnip and am now wondering what spacings I need to thin them out to?
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