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Reader q&a on swede problems:

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after thinning Swedes and turnips, can the thinnings be transplanted in another part of the garden, unlike beetroot?

The Green Chronicle replies...

Although it can seem like a dreadful waste, the thinnings of Swedes and turnips are not traditionally transplanted. Indeed the usual thinning method is to take out the unwanted plants with a hoe in order to minimise disturbance of the roots of plants being left behind. I recently chatted with a brilliant gardener I know. At fifteen he began work in the fields of East Lothian, asking gangs  with hoes to "leave a plant every five inches please ladies." The speed and accuracy of these fieldworkers is legendary.
My feeling is that the effort and uncertainty of the venture would certainly put me off even experimenting with transplanting of thinnings for these vegetables. I have known transplanted beetroot to produce a good root, but the care and attention it received would probably have been better lavished on something else (even more beetroot) sown in the ground into which it was transplanted. The same, I am certain would be true of any turnip or Swede that survived transplanting.