How to Grow Turnips

Turnips are a fast-growing root vegetable that can be grown in spring and fall. They are versatile and nutritious. Here�s how to grow turnips using organic methods.

Materials Needed

  • Turnip seeds
  • Rich, well-draining soil
  • Compost
  • Watering can or hose

Choosing Varieties

Turnips come in several varieties:

  • Purple Top White Globe: Classic variety, white flesh.
  • Golden Ball: Yellow flesh, sweet flavor.
  • Tokyo Cross: Small, white roots, quick to mature.

Soil Preparation

Turnips prefer well-drained, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0-7.5:

  1. Loosen the Soil: Till to a depth of 8-10 inches (20-25 cm).
  2. Add Compost: Mix in 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm) of compost.

Planting Turnip Seeds

Sow seeds directly in the garden:

  1. Spacing: Plant seeds 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) deep, 1-2 inches (2.5-5 cm) apart.
  2. Rows: Space rows 12-18 inches (30-45 cm) apart.

Watering and Mulching

Maintain consistent moisture:

  • Watering: Water regularly, especially during dry periods.
  • Mulching: Apply mulch to retain moisture and suppress weeds.

Organic Fertilizing

Turnips benefit from regular feeding:

  • Use compost tea or a balanced organic fertilizer every 3-4 weeks.

Harvesting Turnips

Harvest turnips when roots are 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm) in diameter:

  • Method: Pull roots from the soil when they reach the desired size.

Storing Turnips

Store turnips properly to maintain freshness:

  • In the Fridge: Store roots in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer. Use within 2 weeks.
  • In a Cool, Dry Place: Store roots in a cool, dry place for up to 2 months.

Growing Tips

  • Sow seeds every few weeks for a continuous harvest.
  • Use row covers to protect against pests.

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