All You Need To Know About Turnips

 

The secret to healthy fast-growing and
better-tasting turnips is cool weather. As such, for the best tasting turnips,
harvest in cool weather.

However, if you want to harvest your
turnips late spring, sow the turnip seeds directly into your garden soil about
2 to 3 weeks before the last frost date in spring.

For an autumn harvest, sow your turnips in
late summer. For a late autumn harvest, sow the seed in early autumn. For
winter harvest, sow the seeds in late autumn in reverse-season regions.

What
Are Turnips

Turnips or rutabaga is an excellent cool weather crop it is a
hardy biennial plant grown as an annual plant, however. The cool-weather plant
is distinguishable by having a rosette of bright green leaves that grow from a
swollen tuber or root-like base. Turnips are grown for their green leave or as
a root vegetable.

Turnip
Yield.

A golden tip is to plant 8 to 10 turnip
plants per household member.

Planting
Turnips

Site – You should grow turnips in partial shade or full sun. The ideal
soils for planting turnips are well-drains soils with a pH ranging from 5.5 to
6.8 and organic matter-rich soils. Prepare the beds well in advance by adding
aged manure and garden compost. If the soil is heavy clay soil, add gypsum
or sand. Alternatively, plant green manure and add work the manure into the
beds the season before you plant turnips.

The
Time To Plant Turnips
– Turnips are cool-weather
crops that need 30 to 60 days to harvest. They thrive in temperatures ranging
between 40°F and 75°F. For the best produce, you should harvest them before the
temperature exceeds 75°F.

If you want to harvest your turnips late
spring or early summer, sow the turnip seeds directly into your garden soil
about 2 to 3 weeks before the last frost date in spring. For an autumn harvest,
sow your turnips in late summer. For a late autumn harvest, sow the seed in
early autumn. For winter harvest, sow the seeds in late autumn in
reverse-season regions.

Planting
& Spacing Turnips
– Turnips are not easily
transplanted. As such, sow the seed directly in the garden bed you want the
plants to grow. Sow the seeds half an inch deep and one inch apart, making sure
the rows are wide as well. You will need to thin successful seedlings four to
six inches apart. As for the rows, you will need to space them twelve to
twenty-four inches apart. In the case of greens, thin the turnips two to three
inches apart.

Container
Growing Turnips
– You can easily grow turnips in
containers. For instance, you can successfully grow small turnip roots in wide
containers that are at least eight inches deep.

Caring
For Turnips

Feeding
And Watering
– To ensure your turnips grow as fast
as possible, keep the soil moist. Never let the soil dry out as it will lead to
slow growth. The slow growth of turnips causes the roots to grow woody and
attain a strong flavor. Also, side dress the turnips with aged compost
midseason.

Companion
plants
– Companion plants include peas, bush beans,
and southern peas.

Caring
For Turnips
– Keep their beds weed-free. Do not
overcrowd turnip as it causes the roots to grow small. Straw-mulch the plants
to ensure the tuber tops do not get sunburns.

Turnip
Pests
– Flea beetles and aphids attack turnips. To
control aphids, hose off plants with large populations of the pest or pinch the
infested foliage in case of small infestations. Keep the garden weed-free to
deter flea beetles.

Turnip
Diseases
– Turnips can suffer from white
rust fungus
, which causes a small white cottony blister on the upper side
of leaves as well as yellow discolorations on the leaves undersides. Generally,
control is not necessary.

Harvesting
Turnips

Harvesting
Turnips
– You can harvest turnips 30 to 60 days
after you sow the seeds. To harvest, lift the roots when they have a diameter
of 2 to 3 inches. Lift the roots carefully using a garden fork. You can cut the
leaves when they are 12 inches long; start by cutting the outside leaves first.
For greens, you can harvest thinned seedlings.

Storing And Long-Term Preserving Turnips – You can keep turnip greens in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. You can store the roots for up to 2 months in the fridge. Alternatively, you can store the roots in a cold, dry environment for 3 to 5 months (do not refrigerate). You can store cooked turnips frozen for up to 6 months.

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