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Growing Turnip

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
    P P P     P P      

(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
  • Turnips
    Turnips

Round, root vegetable. The flesh is white . Turnips take about 6 to 10 weeks to reach a useable size.

Sow every three or four weeks for a continuous supply.

Water regularly.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Turnip

Grate young turnips and use raw in salads.
Use older turnips in casseroles and stews.

Your comments and tips

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

Hi all. Can anyone tell me the best fertilizer to use on Turnips; at planting and ongoing. I grow all my vegies in plastic containers and 2m x 1.5m timber boxes, using a mix of garden soil and potting mix. Never sure whether I should use composted Manure or granulated fertilizer? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Clive.

- Clive

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