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Growing Turnip

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(Best months for growing Turnip in Australia - tropical 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 12°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 12 - 20 cm 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

27 Jan 17, S debono (Australia - temperate climate)
Wene is the best day in febuary 2017 to sow ternip seeds
05 Feb 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Late February and all of March and April re suitable times to sow turnips. Trust this helps.
10 May 16, Clive (Australia - temperate climate)
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.
11 Jun 14, andi (Australia - tropical climate)
A fried told me to cut the top off a shop bought parsnip and stick it in the ground so the end is exposed. Within 2 weeks the plant is now approx 6 inches high and I will have to remove it from the small container I put it in (not thinking I would succeed!). Will this shock the plant,kill it,or what do u suggest?
27 Aug 15, ty_buchanan (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
You will probably get one turnip.
08 Apr 14, Sadra Sidie (Australia - tropical climate)
I live in rockhampton qld. I Have grown turnips on and off all year round.my tip is just put seeds in ground. Wet soil and blood and bone product. water twice a day. And a little bit of love. And care.
16 Mar 13, james dunn (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
looking for superlative swede or turnip can you help? thanks james dunn
17 Feb 13, (Australia - tropical climate)
I live in Tamworth nsw (north west slopes) we would love to grow turnips ,but to date have had no luck growing them.when to plant & soil..... Anyone please
12 Aug 12, Al young (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I planted turnips in late June and by mid August they had gone to seed without producing any edible root stock. Very cold here during growing period; too cold for root development? Cheers, Al
10 Jun 12, Stella (Australia - tropical climate)
Hello I would like to find out how many seeds would you use 1 or a few in each hole?
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