Saturday, June 6, 2009

Turnips Are the Best


It has been a while since I took time to update the progress of my garden. The Spring was successful, except for snap peas. We just received too much rain in the Ozarks. We have eaten Spinach and lettuce until we are as green as our Irish pride. That helps to make up for the loss of some snap peas.

Turnips are one of my favorite Spring time plants. I grow a Purple Globe Heirloom turnip from the Baker Creek Seed Company. They are easy to grow, and very hardy.

Plant them from seed in Mid to late March. As the turnips begin to grow, you want to thin them so 4" of room exists between each of your plants. I must admit, however, that I do not always do that well. I so enjoy the greens! So, I each my way to the proper distance between the turnips.

After my turnips get around 2" in diameter, I break off the tops. This will cause the turnips to grow larger. It won't kill the plant.

I like big turnips. The strong flavor tends to moderate in larger ones. You do have to watch for plant rot, however. I have included a picture for you to see.

Til next time, happy gardening,

Ray Province

Ray Province is a retired minister and owner of the Celtic Ozarkian, a website dedicated to creating a chronicle of life in the Ozarks. You can reach him at or @celticozarkian on Twitter.

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