Compared to other plants, turnips are a lot easier to grow. Although there are but a few requirements that must be met in order to achieve a successful harvest, two of the most basic would be the site where the turnips would be planted and the soil where it would be grown.
Where to Plant
Growing turnips is a lot of fun. They are not very delicate or choosy. If you are planning to grow turnips in your garden, choose an unshaded area where it can receive full sunlight. However, turnips can also grow in a partly shaded location and even in containers as long as there is plenty of moisture in the soil.
After carefully choosing the site where you will cultivate your turnips, the soil is the next important thing you have to take care of.
What Soil to Use
Turnips thrive well in loose, aerated soil. If you live in area that has a high clay texture and is poorly drained, work your soil by adding compost and organic matter. Also remove large rocks and stones and apply well-rotted manure before seeding.
Not that turnips won’t tolerate poorer soils. Being a hardy crop, they will. But soil that doesn’t have the right acidity (pH of about 6) or lacks enough phosphorous, potassium and boron might produce turnips that have a woody texture.
To grow turnips with a good flavor, add compost tea and phosphate rock to the soil, or top dress it with liquid feed like seaweed fertilizer. Hay and other organic mulches will also give a lot of benefits to your turnips.
If the soil in your garden is on the acid side, you will have to adjust its acidity by adding half a pound of lime for every ten square feet of soil.
Things to Note
Turnip greens become more crisp and flavorful as the climate becomes cooler. After each picking, you can be sure that fresh leaves will sprout in its place and will remain productive until the first hard freeze.
However, longer days and too much nitrogen in the soil make the turnips produce more flowers and seeds instead of good-size roots and new leaves.
They will have the tendency to compete with each other for nutrients and may reduce your yield and the size of your crop.
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