Turnip, Seven Top

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Geography/History:
Turnip greens are extremely easy to grow, especially in fall. As nights get longer and cooler, turnip greens become crisper and sweeter. Best of all, a new flush of tender leaves will grow after each picking, with plants remaining productive at least until the first hard freeze, and sometimes beyond.

They also grow in spring, but plant them early. Lengthening days trigger turnip plants to produce flowers and seeds instead of new leaves. Also, a few days of hot sun can make the greens taste strong and bitter in regions where spring gets hot quickly.

Our pots of turnip greens are thickly sown expressly for greens, although if given the space, plants would also produce turnip roots. We sow them with the greens in mind, but if you harvest your plants by pulling and thinning, you may find some turnip roots in the garden, too, albeit not of prize quality.

Nutritional Value:
Seven Top turnips are known not for their roots, but for their succulent, tender and high quality greens.  Amazing flavor is packed in these leafy greens that are loaded with vitamins A, B, and C.

Sun:                              Full
Spacing:                      4″ – 6″
Height:                        14′′ – 25′′
Optimum Soil pH:    6 to 6.5
Days To Maturity:    44
Sowing Method:       Outdoors

Planting/Growing Tips:
Heirloom turnip seeds can be planted in early spring or early fall.  Plant turnip seeds 1” apart and thin weakest seedlings to desired spacing.  Keep soil evenly moist to prevent roots from getting woody.  For longer harvest, stagger turnip plantings every 2-3 weeks.

 

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