Vegetables > Turnip

How to grow turnip:

Name
Brassica rapa rapa.

Family
Cruciferae.

Seeds
Buy Organic Turnip Seeds from The Green Chronicle (Pay in $US, £, Euro).

For an early crop of turnips sow turnip seeds in late winter in a greenhouse. Plant out in early spring on a well manured site under cloches.

Turnip seeds can be sown outside from mid spring to mid summer. Sow them in shallow drills keeping the drills 12 inches apart. thin seedlings out to leave 6 inches between each plant.

Weed the bed very well using a hoe. Water as needed and mulch between the rows of turnip.

Pull the turnips for use when about 3 inches in diameter. Do not allow them to get too big or they will become woody and have a strong flavour.

Lift all the remaining turnips in mid autumn. Twist off the leaves and store the turnips in boxes of peat in a frost free shed.