Growing turnips should be done with seeds in the soil about 1/2 inch deep at a rate of three to 20 seeds per foot. Water immediately after planting to speed germination. Once you find your turnips growing, thin the growing turnips to about 4 inches apart to …
Turnips are making a comeback as gardeners realize how easy and inexpensive they are to grow, and just how tasty they can be! Turnips are ideal for cooler growing conditions, so if you live in an area with a short growing season turnips may be for you.
Planting Instructions. Turnips are seeded directly into the ground; they do not transplant well. Select a site that gets full sun. Soil should be well-draining and loosened to a depth of 12 to 15 inches. In advance, mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost or aged manure. Add sand to heavy, clay soil. Scatter turnip seed.
How to Grow Turnips. Turnips seeds sprout quickly, in about a week. After two weeks, thin seedlings to four to five inches apart. Provide ample water, as the most common cause of woody stems is dry soil. As with other root crops, the action is below the soil. The leaves may not tell you when the soil is dry.
Do not grow turnips over the summer. If growing in the fall, plant the seeds near the end of the summer. Stagger turnip planting to every 10 days to allow for a continual harvest. Prior to planting, be sure to till the soil and remove any debris to allow space for the turnip root to grow underground.
How to Grow Turnips. For a late spring harvest, sow turnip seeds directly in the garden 2 to 3 weeks before the average last frost date in spring. Sow turnips in late summer for autumn harvest; in early autumn for late autumn harvest; and in late autumn for winter …
Planting:Turnips grow best in cool weather and are direct seeded in the garden either in early spring or in the fall, about 70 days before your first frost date. Plant seeds about ½ inch deep. When the plants are 3 – 4 inches tall, thin them to 2 – 4 inches apart. You can use the thinned out plants as greens.