Grow your own: Turnips

by Natasha Starkell | 12.08.2013 | vegetables , turnips | 0 comments | Rating: 0 votes

Grow your own: Turnips

Grow your own: Turnips

Mashed and served with your Sunday roast, or cut into cubes and added to a hearty stew, turnips are a delicious and nutritious root vegetable that grows fast.

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Mashed and served with your Sunday roast, or cut into cubes and added to a hearty stew, turnips are a delicious and nutritious root vegetable that grows fast.

You can even eat the leafy green tops of the plants. Plant them in rows about 25cm apart and keep thinning them out until you have a row of seedlings about 10cm apart. Turnips need plenty of water. If they don't get enough water they can become a little tough. Because they grow so fast, turnips aren't usually affected by pests or diseases. The greens you can just keep snipping off and eating as you need them, they'll keep regrowing. The turnips themselves will be ready after 10-12 weeks. Small ones are sweeter and you can eat them raw, the larger ones will be better cooked. If you're planning on growing small turnips to eat raw then they can easily be grown in a container. 

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