How to Grow TuRnips
3 Easy Steps to Success!
Turnips are so easy and quick to grow, you’ll have them on your dinner plate in no time!
Choose a site or pot with moist but well-drained soil, sheltered with partial shade. Make sure not to plant them where other brassicas (e.g. cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, turnips, kale, kohlrabi) have grown in the last 3-4 years to avoid disease.
You can sow under cover from February, or wait until after frosts in April. Sow in a module tray and transplant outside when risk of frost has gone.
Transplant them at least 10-15 cm apart, or transplant them 25 cm apart to provide a bigger crop, in rows 50cm apart.
Keep moist during dry weather, otherwise they will become woody.
Mulch around them to retain moisture and to minimize weeds.
You can harvest them once they reach 7-10 cm in diameter, which can be as soon as 5 -8 weeks after sowing.
For later sowings, lift before hard frosts – they can tolerate light frosts, which will make them taste sweeter!
Store in a cold dark place for up to 4 months