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Turnip – Vegetable garden

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Turnip

Turnip is a sort of root vegetables that has a place with the mustard family. It was made through the procedure of particular reproducing of wild turnip. There are 30 tamed assortments of turnip that can be found far and wide today. It develops in regions with icy atmosphere, on rich, all around depleted soil, presented to direct daylight. Individuals develop turnips as a wellspring of nourishment. It produces roundish root with thin taproot on its end. Root is secured with white or green skin which as a rule changes the shading into purple on the parts of root presented to the sun. Turnip has yellow or white-hued flesh.Turnip creates yellow blooms organized as raceme inflorescence on top of the blossoming stalk. They pull in honey bees, primary pollinators of this plant. Blooms contain both sorts of conceptive organs and they can perform self-fertilization for the situation that characteristic pollinators are not accessible. Fruit of turnips is seedpod loaded with various smaller than normal seed.

Scientific name: Brassica rapa subsp. rapa
Common name: Turnip

Turnip

How to grow and maintain Turnip:

Climate:

Turnips perform best in cool gardening climates, but will grow nearly anywhere (depending upon the variety).They’re frost resistant. In fact, the roots taste sweeter once there’s been a light frost.

Planting:

Plant turnips seeds ½ inch deep, 4 to 6 inches apart. If sowing only for the greens, sprinkle as many as 20 seeds per foot into the soil. Seeds germinate in 2 to 5 days.

Watering:

Water the soil after planting and keep moist, but not waterlogged. Turnip plants that don’t get enough water will become tough and woody.

Fertilizing:

Feed plants with natural fertilizer containing potassium and phosphorous, such as compost tea, for good root development. Avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers like manure, which can give turnips an unpleasant flavor.

Harvest:

Harvest turnip greens when they’re young, before the root is mature, by snipping a few from each plant. Don’t remove all the greens from any single plant. 45 days after planting, pull up one of your turnips to check for maturity — 2 to 3 inches in diameter is ideal. Some varieties can take up to 70 days to mature; check your seed packet. Turnips grown in spring tend to be smaller and softer, while fall turnips are hardier and more suitable for long-term storage.

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