HOW TO GROW TURNIPS

PLANTING TURNIPS:

  • Choose an area in your yard that gets full sun.
  • Loosen the soil to a depth of 12-15 inches and make sure that it is well draining.
  • Mix in a 2-4 inch layer of compost and stir well.
  • As soon as the ground is workable, you can start sowing the seeds.
  • Scatter your turnip seeds and do not cover with more than 1/2 inch of soil.
  • Once seedlings reach about 4 inches in height, thin early types 2-4 inches apart.
  • If only growing for greens, do not thin.

CARING FOR TURNIPS:

  • Remove any weeds as soon as you see them.
  • Mulch heavily to retain moisture.
  • To keep the roots from becoming tough and bitter, water at least 1 inch per week.

HARVESTING TURNIPS:

  • Depending on the variety of turnips you've planted, you can harvest them as early as 5 weeks after planting.
  • Other varieties may need 6-10 weeks until harvest.
  • You can choose when to harvest depending on what type of turnips you want: the small, young turnips are nice and tender.
  • Store for up to 4 months in a cool, outdoor, straw covered area.

Happy Planting!