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A handy guide to growing your turnips

Posted on July 23, 2015 by Potter & Rest

If you ever read the children’s story the enormous turnip when you were little, then you may have dreamt of growing your own HUGE root veggie and inviting the whole neighbourhood to help pull it…

If you did now’s the time to realise your ambition. July is the perfect month to sow yourself some turnips outdoors.

And even if you never read the story or even heard about it, then hey why not grow some of the nation’s tastiest and trendiest veggies so you can use it in your winter recipes.

Select a maincrop variety to sow now. A good variety to go for is Turnip Purple Top Milan.

Quick maturing variety with pretty, flattened roots with purple crown and white base.

The white flesh is firm but tender, delicately sweet, and ideal grated or sliced in salads. The short, erect leaves can be steamed as ‘greens’.

Sow April to August outdoors at four-week intervals. Sow thinly, 1cm deep in drills (holes or little channels), 30cm apart in soil, which has been raked to a fine consistency.

Water ground regularly, especially during dry periods.

When large enough to handle, thin out seedlings to 5-7cm (2-3in) apart. Keep plants cool and moist to prevent plants running to seed.

Quick maturing, from 40 days from sowing. Pull roots before the first frosts.

Remember to mark your rows with labels. 

Another variety to try is Turnip Golden Ball, which stores well over winter.

It’s an attractive turnip with smooth, golden yellow skin and golden yellow flesh that’s sweet and tender to taste. The leaves can also be steamed as ‘greens’.

Need some seeds? We sell seeds all year round.

If you purchase up to five packets of seeds only (any varieties), the P&P will be a total of £2 only. In order to qualify for this special P&P price you need to apply a code at the checkout, please click here for details and terms and conditions.

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