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Post  Frenchbean 6/26/2013, 2:09 pm

Can someone please tell me when do I harvest turnips? How do I know when there ready? Wink
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Post  walshevak 6/26/2013, 3:39 pm

I think the tops poke over the top edge of the ground like radishes do. Or you can slide a finger down the side under the soil and get an idea of how big they are. Then decide if it is the size you want or needs a bit more growing. But don't let them get too big. They get woody.

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Post  boffer 6/26/2013, 6:08 pm

Frenchbean wrote:Can someone please tell me when do I harvest turnips? How do I know when there ready? Wink

You harvest them when they are big enough! Razz

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Post  plantoid 6/26/2013, 6:14 pm

Frenchbean wrote:Can someone please tell me when do I harvest turnips? How do I know when there ready? Wink

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Harvest when Golf ball to tennis ball size in diameter . small for raw as sliced , batons or very coarse grated and served straight away grated fresh in salads or bigger for cubes in soups and stews .
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Post  sanderson 6/27/2013, 6:56 pm

Or when the leaves are overcome with leaf mulching bugs, including the white butterfly green worms. I'm just going to pull them and enjoy as juicy "radishes."

In another month, I will try them for the fall but I will have tulle cages in place, as well as for the brassicas.
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt 7/18/2017, 8:23 am

I sowed turnips back in mid/late April. They are alive but really scraggly looking. The fabric cover kept out the cabbage butterflies, but created a sowbug heaven and they just keep chomping away.

I know how to deal with the pillbugs, but my question is:
Should I rearrange my plan and let these turnips keep trying? They've already gotten a month more than they should have needed.
Or is it unlikely they'll make much of themselves at this point? (i.e Should I pull them so that my fall plantings can go in as planned?)
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Post  CapeCoddess 7/19/2017, 2:59 pm

Can't help. I've never been able to get turnips to bulb up so I used the greens. Bought a packet of seeds once that were just for the greens but decided that were too hairy.
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