Garden Guide for Zone 8b
TurnipBrassica rapa subsp. rapa
Turnips are a root vegetable commonly grown in temperate climates worldwide for its white, bulbous taproot. Small, tender varieties are grown for human consumption, while larger varieties are grown as feed for livestock.
- Soil: Well-drained, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0-7.5.
- Water: Regular watering, keeping the soil consistently moist.
- Light: Full sun to partial shade.
- Sowing Method: Direct sow in the garden.
- Growing Days: 60
Planting Instructions: Sow seeds 1/2 inch deep and 1 inch apart in rows 12 inches apart. Thin to 4 inches apart once the seedlings are 4 inches tall.
Harvest Instructions: Harvest turnips when they are 2-3 inches in diameter for the best flavor and texture. Larger turnips tend to become woody and strong in flavor.