Turnip Growing Guide

Turnip

Crop Rotation Group

Brassicas (Cabbage family) 

Soil

Any reasonably fertile well-drained soil.

Position

Sun or partial shade.

Frost tolerant

Yes, survives mild frosts, can protect with straw.

Feeding

Not usually required.

Companions

Cucumber, Lettuce, Nasturtium, Peas and Corn salad.

Spacing

Single Plants: 20cm (7") each way (minimum)
Rows: 15cm (5") with 30cm (11") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Best sown direct. Can be sown in all but the hottest and coldest months.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Keep watered in dry weather.

Harvesting

Can be harvested once roots have attained sufficient size. Turnips left in the ground for too long will become woody.

Troubleshooting

Spring crops bolt to seed quickly, so pull them when the roots are perfect.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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