turnip 'Tokyo Cross'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: humus-rich, moisture retentive soil
A super-fast variety, forming roots within little more than a month after sowing. Their pure white skins and perfectly spherical shape make them very striking to look at and they also have a fine, nutty flavour: when harvested as 'baby veg', as little as 3cm across, they're sweet enough to be eaten raw in salads.
- Growing Instructions:Choose a sheltered, sunny spot with good rich soil and sow direct where they are to grow in shallow drills, thinning seedlings to about 8cm apart. Protect earlier sowings with cloches and keep well watered through dry spells to avoid them turning woody. Sowing a small amount every three or four weeks keeps the crop coming continuously right through the season. Put in a late sowing in August to grow not for the roots but for the tops. Sow close together in rows and snip the leaves when they reach about 10cm high for a delicious side vegetable cooked like spinach.
- Sow: April-June
- Harvest: May-July
- Approximate quantity: 150 seeds.
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Q:When do I plant potatoes and other veg?
When is the best time to plants potatoes? Also can you advise me what veg I could grow now until March with poly tunnels?Asked on 4/10/2006 by Bets Ingram
A:You can start chitting your early and maincrop seed potatoes in February, but the best time to plant is in early to mid spring. As for growing vegetables in your polytunnels, you have lots of options. Spinach, kale, and some varieties of lettuce will live through the winter in a polytunnel. Certain kinds of onion work well from an autumn sowing, and you'll get a much earlier crop than if you'd waited until spring. Other possibilities are cabbage, Pak Choy, Chinese cabbage, and most root crops. Leeks, beets, carrots, turnips, parsnips and radishes, can be sown for winter harvestAnswered on 5/10/2006 by Crocus
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