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Turnip (Brassica rapa Rapifera Group)   Edit Report inappropriate crop

If you're not sure whether you like turnips, try an early variety, which are picked when golf ball-sized to be eaten raw (e.g. grated in a salad) or snooker ball-sized for cooking (e.g roasting) - they have a subtly sweet flavour. If you already know you like them, the good news is that you can be eating some part of a turnip for most of the year. The larger and hardier maincrop varieties are suitable for use over the winter and the leaves ('turnip tops') are a delicious spring green.

Likes and dislikes
Soil
Stonyok
Lightprefer
Loamyok
Heavydislike
pH6.5 - 7.5
Manure
Previous cropdislike
Previous autumnok
Before plantingprefer
Position
Full sunok
Partial shadeprefer
Shadedislike
Exposure
Openok
Shelteredprefer

Early

sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 15cm
Between rows: 30cm

Sow seeds 12mm deep in drills, at three-weekly intervals, protecting earlier sowings with fleece or cloches in cold areas. Thin first to 7.5cm apart when large enough to handle and then to final spacing when leaves begin to touch. Keep well watered to prevent bolting. Keep weeds down by hand as hoeing can damage the roots' shoulders, leading to canker.


harvest harvest

Harvest when no larger than a snooker-ball, and when only the size of a ping-pong ball for eating raw.


Maincrop

sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 15cm
Between rows: 30cm

Sow seeds 12mm deep in drills. Thin first to 7.5cm apart when large enough to handle and then to final spacing when leaves begin to touch. Keep well watered to prevent bolting. Keep weeds down by hand as hoeing can damage the roots' shoulders, leading to canker.


harvest harvest

Lift, twist off leaves and store in boxes of sand in a cool but frost-proof place. In lighter soils, roots can be left and lifted as required but they can become woody if left in the ground past December.


Tops

sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 8cm
Between rows: 30cm

Sow seeds 12mm deep in drills. Thin first to 7.5cm apart when large enough to handle. Keep well watered to prevent bolting.


harvest harvest

Harvest tops when they are about 15cm tall - they will regrow for a second crop.


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