Thursday 19 December 2019

In My Seed Box For 2020 - Turnip

Turnip is something that I didn't eat as a kid and have not really tasted as an adult !

But now as I am taking on more of the cooking duties and the fact that I have a packet "Purple Top Milan"  seeds that came with the Grow Your Own magazine, I feel that space needs to be found to grow this vegetable in 2020 and that I should learn how to cook it !

Review Of Seed Stocks in Packets

Purple Top Milan - 1750 Seeds - FREE - Mr Fothergill's - Sow By 2021
Snowball             -      50 Seeds - Some multipack in the past - Sow by Christ knows!      

Purple Top Milan Sow Mar - Jul   Harvest  Jun - Oct
Snowball              Sow Mar - Jun Harvest  May - Oct

Purple Top Milan

Quick to mature and good for early sowings. The white, flat roots with purple tops have an excellent flavour.

Outdoors, sow thinly, March-July, where they are to crop, 1.5cm (½") deep, directly into finely-prepared, fertile soil, which has already been watered. Allow 30cm (1') between rows. Seedlings usually appear in 14-21 days. Thin out to 10cm (4”) apart. Water well until plants are established. Regular sowings, made every two to three weeks, will ensure a continuous supply. Harvest: June-October.


A first-class white, globe turnip. Turnip Snowball is early, juicy and sweet flavoured, will yield a good supply from early summer to early winter, and the tops make most nutritious and tasty 'greens'.

Turnips grow best on rich well manured soil but will grow on ordinary fertile soil to which has been added plenty of well rotted compost. Sow seeds in succession from spring to mid summer, 1cm (0.5in) deep in drills 30cm (12in) apart. Thin out the seedlings to 10-15cm(4-6in) apart

Turnips Generally

Turnips should be grown quickly and kept well watered. Harvest them before they get too large for the best flavour. For greens follow above instructions but don't thin out. The season can be extended by sowing under cloches in early spring and again in late summer.

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