How to Plant Turnips How to Plant Turnips

What You'll Need
Turnip seeds
Garden shovel
Plant mulch

Turnips are a plant that can be planted for both their green tops and for their vegetable root. Turnips are a great vegetable that can be grown both in the spring and in the fall up to the first frost. Growing turnips do not take much effort aside from preparing the soil for planting and placing the turnips into the ground. Turnips are a hardy vegetable that can be placed in stews, soups or prepared on their own. Having a harvest of turnips available will provide you with a good stock of vegetables from which to have and enjoy during the cold winter months. To successfully grow a turnip crop here are some tools, materials and steps that are required.

Step 1: Obtain Turnip Seeds

To grow turnips, purchase seeds for your garden. You can order the seeds online or purchase them from a store that sells garden supplies and seeds. Buy as many seeds as you need for the type of turnip yield that you are looking for. You can also check with a nursery to find turnip seedlings that have already sprouted if this is easier for you to work with and use in your garden.

Step 2: Prepare the Soil for Planting

Remove any rocks and other obstuctions in the soil that you plan to place the seeds in. Till the soil and add a fertilizer and manure to replace any nutrients that may have been taken out of the soil from a prior planting. Once you till the soil make holes approximately 3 to 4 inches apart for the turnip seeds to be placed in. The holes should be sufficiently spaced in order to give your turnips the right amount of space to grow in and for the greens to sprout. Make sure to provide drainage and airy space for your turnips to grow in.  

Step 3: Plant the Turnip Seeds

Place the turnip seeds into the ground where the holes have been placed. Cover the holes with the soil that you displaced as you move down the turnip seed row. Make sure that you cover each hole completely and water the soil after you have planted and covered the last turnip seeds that you placed into the ground. Pat the soil down lightly so that the cover holds but it is not necessary to push the soil down over the turnip plants.

Step 4: Cover the Turnip Seeds

Cover the turnip seeds with straw or mulch to help keep them warm, if planting the turnip in the fall. The turnip plants should be watered periodically as needed to promote growth of the plants. The plants can be left in the ground up until the time that the first frost occurs. When the greens sprout through the ground and show a healthy green color, they can be taken out of the ground and harvested.

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