REPA PETROVSKAYA, GEYSHA, GRANDDaughter, SNOW BALL AND OTHERS. LANDING AND CARE
Early ripe varieties of turnip can be sown in the spring, barely ripened in the first decade of July. I started, like many summer residents, with the old, still Soviet variety Petrovskaya 1. The variety is early ripe, productive and unpretentious, with dense, I would even say, pleasantly coarse pulp. The turnip is sweet with light bitterness ... or not very light if the plant did not have enough water. In general, I no longer grow this variety, there is an alternative and tastier - for example, the Golden Ball.
Really like the granddaughter's turnip. At first, she attracted attention with an unusual color: a purple top with a white “belly”. The taste is much better than that of Petrovskaya - there is almost no sharpness, like eating kohlrabi or a cabbage stalk. The next year she tried to sow Milan pink ... and did not find any differences with her Granddaughter. It seems to be a little pinker ... But to taste, none of the relatives did not notice the difference, so in general, these varieties, in my opinion, are interchangeable.
I like Geisha's Japanese turnip - the rosette of leaves is small, root vegetables are white, medium-sized, of a very delicate taste and almost without a "turnip" smell. If there is enough water, it grows magically sweet and juicy, and not only its roots, but also its tops are edible. No wonder it is also called salad turnips. It grows well in spring and autumn, but it is unsuitable for storage only.
We don't need a lot of early turnip in the spring, so I sow it where there is a row not occupied by other cultures. First we eat larger root crops, and soon the rest will ripen. Juicy, crunchy, sweet, I add them to salads with an apple, season with sour cream or mayonnaise - it turns out very tasty!
But the main sowing of turnips occurs in the first half of July. At this time, I sow the early hybrid of Japanese turnip Red-sun. White flesh and raspberry skin - well, just beautiful! And the mass of the root crop can reach 200 g.
Be sure to take the bed under the turnips for storage, the benefit of root crops can be kept in the cellar until the New Year. I dearly love the Snow globe variety: the root crops are aligned, large, white and tasty. The find of last year is the variety Palette. Its root crops are flat, bluish-violet on top and yellow below the soil level, with bright yellow flesh. They can be removed already after 50-60 days from germination. The best root crops - even, not damaged by pests and when harvesting - I put in the cellar on top of the potatoes. They are perfectly stored and do not fade.
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I carefully prepare the garden bed for winter turnips. Like any cruciferous crop, it loves light, slightly acidic soils and sulfur. Therefore, for digging I bring in kalimagnesia, saturating the soil with magnesium, potassium, and sulfur. These elements on acidic soils are not enough.
Since turnip seeds are small, like cabbage, I sow in rows, every 25-30 cm, shallow, with nests of 2-3 seeds every 10 cm. Then in the future turnip will need not two thinning, but only one. Rationalization! The main thing is to use fresh seeds, overdue shoots sprout weakly.
The most difficult thing in summer sowing is to protect the seedlings from drying out. Therefore, immediately after sowing, I tighten the bed with non-woven material. By the way, he will save moisture, and he will protect him from cats if they decide to use loose soil for their needs.
In warm weather, seedlings appear on the 3-5th day. In the phase of 1-2 true leaves, I thin them out, removing all excess. The turnip loves space and forms large roots only when it has enough space. Well, if you don’t pull out the extra seedlings, then you will get “rat tails”.
At the end of summer, weeds are already not so active, so the mulch saves me from work that has already bothered me for a season. And it protects from frost. I always harvest turnips late, literally just before the frost. But somehow it turned out that she was late with the harvesting, and the soil on the bed was covered with a layer of straw ... and then the frost hit 5 °. And what do you think? Turnip (variety, I remember, late ripe, Orbita) perfectly withstood the frost and remained still sweet.
© Author: Y. SHIROKOVA Tula region
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