Wow, nice picture! I have never seen a turnip like that, but I have grown rutabagas (Swede turnips) that were almost that large. Could your vegetable be a rutabaga? I didn't do anything special for mine, just got lucky with weather conditions; the right amount of heat, sunlight, and plenty of rainwater to plump them up.
Location: SW Ohio, 6b, heavy clay prone to hardpan
posted 4 years ago
I once had a section of giant carrots, almost as thick as my forearm. I attributed them to a late spring deluge that washed the top-dressed compost and sand into the slightly lower lying area. This area also held rain water a bit longer than areas just a few feet away. More water, washed in nutrients, and looser soil due to the sand, something is just a little better in the micro-climate around that particular plant/group. Brassicas store nutrients in their leaves, stems, or roots and if the conditions are just perfect, they can store A LOT of fuel for their next years growth. It's not uncommon for one plant (or a few neighbors) to grow huge, while the rest of the row is normal. Usually, but not always, if you look at the area, you will be able to find the difference that gave those plants the perfect conditions. Better light, more water, washed in organic matter, less competition, something is usually different. Of course there are the occasional genetic variations that could be at play, but that is not as common as conditions being the culprit.
my turnips are extra large this year also
I broadcast mine and usually have full coverage along with elbon rye or wheat or oats but this year they all didn't come up but what did is huge .
have one as big as a basket ball.
we don't have a problem with lack of water we have a problem with mismanagement
beavers the original permies farmers
If there is no one around to smell you ,do you really stink!
posted 4 years ago
now we are getting somewhere! jimmy these seeds came from texas. my uncle brought them back from a visit home in east texas. interesting that they mite be from the same place.
ronald bush wrote:r ranson, thats the plan. i have three under lights in my basement. be interesting to see what they do after setting tem out in spring. could they seed by mid summer, in time for fall crop?
i bet so jimmy! he comes from around jackson area. funny how things come together. next time your in there can you ask them where they come from sir. if its the seed, i bet they had other inquiries.
I saved seeds from some turnips last year. I had just tossed my turnips in the crisper in the fridge as the first frost came on, and then forgot about them. Come Feb or Mar, I found them again and planted the 6 best keepers in the greenhouse. They went to seed sometime in May, I think. I planted the seeds again in Aug and it made a good crop. The greenhouse was pretty hot and dry, so it would probably seed later in the garden.