Swede & Turnip

Growing Swede & Turnip

Swede

Swedes are an easy crop to grow, maturing over the winter months. Mashed swede with butter and black pepper is delicious.

Sowing:

Sow seeds 5mm deep in rows 38-45cm apart from September through May, but avoid hottest months in warmer regions.

Growing:

Thin out the seedlings when large enough to handle leaving plants 25cm apart. Water during dry periods but try to keep the soil evenly moist to prevent cracking and corky growth.

Varieties:

Best of All.

Harvesting:

Start lifting the roots once they are large enough to use.




Turnip

Turnip is a very versatile vegetable - it can be harvested when mature or young, cooked or eaten raw and the young tops can be used like spring greens. They are quick to mature and easy to grow.

Sowing:

Sow 5mm deep from September through to March, but avoid hottest months in warmer regions.

Growing:

Thin out turnips grown for their roots until they are eventually 15cm apart for early crops, or 20cm apart for maincrop varieties. Water during dry weather or the roots will be small and woody.

Varieties:

Early Purple

Harvesting:

Pull the turnips when the size of a golf ball for eating raw, the size of a tennis ball for cooking.