This is the first year I’ve planted any real root vegetables in the garden except for radishes. We have heavy clay soil, which is not the best for growing root veggies, but this year, I decided it was time to give it a try. (For the last two years, I’ve been working the soil and using organic mulches, so it should be gradually getting better.)
This spring I planted turnips, carrots and beets. Sadly, the carrots and beets have not done well. The carrots simply didn’t germinate, and the beets are growing, but look a little sad and stunted. The turnips on the other hand are doing really well, so let’s talk turnips.
I planted two types: ‘Hakurei’ salad turnips, and ‘Purple Top White Globe,’ shown below. I’ve been harvesting the salad turnips, and they’re wonderfully sweet and crisp– a very nice change from radishes in salads. I’m still waiting to see how big the purple-topped turnips get, but so far they’re looking good!