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Growing Turnip

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(Best months for growing Turnip in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

P = Plant in the garden.

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 54°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 5 - 8 inches apart
  • Harvest in 6-9 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Peas, Beans, Chives, Spinach, Carrots, Chicory
  • Avoid growing close to: Potatoes, Tomatoes
  • Turnips
    Turnips

Round, root vegetable. The flesh is white . Turnips take about 6 to 10 weeks to reach a useable size.

Sow every three or four weeks for a continuous supply.

Water regularly.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Turnip

Grate young turnips and use raw in salads.
Use older turnips in casseroles and stews.

Your comments and tips

01 Feb 17, Billy Pressley (USA - Zone 8a climate)
What is the best soil to grow turnips
04 Feb 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
I am in temperate Australia which could be roughly transposed to your Zone 8. We can sow turnips from Spring until early Summer (about 8 months). Have you considered Swedes (rutabaga) which are a turnip/cabbage cross and are very flavorsome. Trust this helps.
27 Jan 17, S debono (Australia - temperate climate)
Wene is the best day in febuary 2017 to sow ternip seeds
05 Feb 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Late February and all of March and April re suitable times to sow turnips. Trust this helps.
10 May 16, Clive (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi all. Can anyone tell me the best fertilizer to use on Turnips; at planting and ongoing. I grow all my vegies in plastic containers and 2m x 1.5m timber boxes, using a mix of garden soil and potting mix. Never sure whether I should use composted Manure or granulated fertilizer? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Clive.
24 Mar 15, Brenda Loopuyt (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Please could you let me have info and tips about growing turnips in Summer rainfall area in South Africa
01 Dec 14, Lochleen van Schalkwyk (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
I cant find turnips anywhere. Can somebody in cape town area and northern suburbs please help
13 Mar 16, hennie (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
SEEDS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH MOST RETAILERS , STARK AND MAYFORD ARE THE MOST COMMON BRANDS I USE
11 Aug 14, (USA - Zone 5a climate)
If I have tilled up my tomatoes, can I plant turnips?
11 Jun 14, andi (Australia - tropical climate)
A fried told me to cut the top off a shop bought parsnip and stick it in the ground so the end is exposed. Within 2 weeks the plant is now approx 6 inches high and I will have to remove it from the small container I put it in (not thinking I would succeed!). Will this shock the plant,kill it,or what do u suggest?
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