Lets ‘turnip’ the beat on this good old fashion vegie and give it the revival it deserves! Once considered to be bland and boring (that’s because it was often boiled beyond belief), turnips are incredibly flavoursome and are delicious raw, stir-fried, stewed or souped.


How to grow turnips in a garden

  1. Choose a sunny spot with well drained soil. Loosen the soil and enrich with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed
  2. Sow seeds direct into growing position, cover lightly with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix and water well.  
  3. As seedlings grow, thin out weak plants and feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.
  4. Water regularly, particularly in hot or windy weather. Mulch with organic mulch like pea or lucerne straw to help retain soil moisture. 
  5. Harvest when roots are about 10cm wide, when they’re still young and tender.

     
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How to grow turnips in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 400mm wide and deep. Position in full sun and fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix. 
  2. Sow seeds and lightly cover with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix.  Water in well. 
  3. As seedlings grow, thin out weak plants and feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.
  4. Water regularly. Harvest roots when they’re young and tender, although ‘Purple Top White Globe’ can be left in the ground over the cooler months and eaten when they’re 10cm wide.

Yates varieties

Japanese Turnip 'Hakurei'

This Japanese variety produces beautiful white skinned turnips with a crisp, delicate-flavoured flesh.


Growing tips

  • Avoid planting turnips in the same spot as cabbage or broccoli – they’re from the same family and this will help reduce soil borne diseases.

  • Ensure you harvest before the plant starts flowering, otherwise the roots become fibrous and unpalatable. 



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Recommended products

Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix

Specially formulated for trouble-free seed raising in trays (or outdoor seed sowing direclty into the ground) and propagation of cuttings.

Yates Premium Potting Mix

A premium potting mix, ideal for all potted plants and shrubs, including ornamentals, fruit trees, vegies and herbs.