A countryside staple, Sweetbell turnips have an exceptionally sweet flavour and a firm, crisp texture. Great raw or cooked, Sweetbell turnips have an exceptionally sweet flavour and a firm, crisp texture.
|Germination||7 - 10 Days|
|Sowing Method||Direct to Ground|
|Days to Maturity||70 Days|
|Recommended Soil pH||5.0-7.0|
Sweetbell turnips are fast-growing root vegetables that add an amazing flavour to salads, casseroles, and stews. This particular variety sports purple shoulders and pure white flesh that is exceptionally sweet, firm, and crisp. Slice or grate for salads, steam, stir-fry or bake as a hot veggie, or add the leaves to your steamed or stir-fried greens. In fact the leaves are jam-packed full of nutrients many other vegetables lack—simply treat them as you would spinach.
When harvested young, Sweetbell turnips are a far cry from the sad, woody examples that can often be seen in the supermarkets today. Sow between March and August and harvest from June to November. A fast growing brassica, Sweetbell turnips are ready to harvest in 6-8 weeks.
Like most brassicas, turnips grow best in rich, well-drained soil. Choose a location that gets full sun and loosen the soil to a depth of 24-30cm. Beginning in March, sow seeds in succession from spring to mid summer, 1cm (0.5in) deep in rows 30cm (12in) apart. Thin out the seedlings to 10-15cm(4-6in) apart. (For greens, don’t thin.)
Keep well watered to prevent bolting, but don’t water-log. Keep weeds down by hand as hoeing can damage the roots' shoulders, leading to canker.
Plant in 10-day intervals for turnips all growing season long.
Turnips are super easy to maintain after growing. Simply keep the bed weed-free, ideally with a thick layer of mulch. Water about 2cm a week to prevent the roots from becoming tough and bitter.
Growing turnips with nasturtiums will help to draw cabbage white butterflies away from your crop. Planting with mint is said to help deter flea beetles.
You can begin harvesting the leaves as soon as they are 8-10cm long. Harvest the roots when they are still young and tender. Simply lift out of the ground, twist off the leaves and store in boxes of sand or in a cool place outdoors.