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.
Tip: Turnips are best eaten small and young. For baby turnips, harvest when the diameter of a golf ball. Take alternate plants, leaving others to mature.