How to grow turnip in your home garden

As we always share the methods of growing and using plants and vegetables at home. In our kitchen garden series today we are going to share information about turnip. It is cultivated and used worldwide and contains vitamins K, A, C, fibre, calcium, manganese, and folate. The root and the leaves together are around 45 cm (1.5 ft) in height. The turnip is a cool season plant which grows best in temperatures from 40°F to 75°F.

How to grow: It needs 6-8 hours of direct sunlight to grow well.

Water: water the plant regularly and make sure that the soil is always moist and well-drained.

Sowing: The seeds can be directly planted outside, and space between the seeds should be 20 cm. usually turnips are planted in rows which are spaced 30 cm from each other. Usually no fertilizer is required for this crop.

Weeding: Do  regularly and water the plants regularly also do mulching when the plant is 12cm tall to retain moisture.

Pests: Some pests and problems faced by the turnip crop are root maggots and powdery mildew. These problems can be taken care of by watering the plants from the bottom up.

Harvest: This crop is usually harvested within 5-6 weeks of germination. Harvest the greens and root early, for best taste, and quality. Once the plant has flowered, then it is too late. The roots should be harvested carefully, using appropriate gardening tools.

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