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Home grown Turnips[Brassica rapa].

13 May 2010 08:29:36
Home grown Turnip [Brassica rapa] fam.Cruciferae.

Home grown Turnip [Brassica rapa] fam.Cruciferae.

No luck at the cards last night,but spent some winning time in the tunnel.The floor was given a sweeping,without the opening of either door.Coolness was in the air.I spent time with the outer beds covering the potato stalks there,and any that were not earthed up,and very much open to frost damage were double covered with paper and in serious cases buckets were also used.No idea what plans will be for this evening.I found a few drops of light rain while collecting the daily paper just after 7.30 this morning.We dont need raincoats just now,its sunshine and lots of it we want.

The home grown Turnips [Brassica rapa]are coming on well.Rotation is very important for them as they are open to the same disease as Brassicas[cauli cabb, etc.The disease is called Clubroot [Plasmodiophora brassicae] with both types of veg open to the same attack,no chances are taken with them in different beds.Both stay under the brassicas bed names for crop rotation.Only in noted tubs will they used.Weeds removal and crop rotation help along in different ways.Turnips are another vegetable crop for successional use.[Little and often].Not into the ground all at the same time.


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fran m fran m 13 May 2010 08:33:10

John, your advice and knowledge is endless. Thanks.


Diana Diana 13 May 2010 08:59:02

How is it John that your plants always look soo healthy.  Do you put the other ones out of sight, (sorry only joking)


Pat Pat 13 May 2010 10:56:26

Always on the go John, and always interesting and informative.


LNolan LNolan 13 May 2010 13:03:04

Healthy looking plants as always John. Are turnips susceptible to leaf spot too John?


Johnplotman Johnplotman 13 May 2010 17:44:48

Thanks Fran.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 13 May 2010 17:52:38

No panic Diana.If you look through about the 200 pictures on my album,including those from differett journals for the vegetable section,you will see them at different stages.Once done with either catch cropping,successional cropping,[little and often]intercropping,etc,all wont be ready at once.Spilling rain here this minute.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 13 May 2010 17:53:05

Thanks Pat.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 13 May 2010 17:59:23

You will be safe with the leaf spot on them Liam.[Thanks].Other vegetables will suffer though,such as Beetroot,Brassicas,Broad beans,Rhubarb to name a few.The bean problem is called Choclate spot.A percentage of the leaf spot comes under different names to some vegetables.Still under the main heading though,Leaf spot.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 13 May 2010 23:25:51

Do you grow your turnips in pots as well? They look so healthy.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 14 May 2010 08:13:09

I do Cloncaw,in both places.Some of the pots are also with the crop rotation along with the main beds.


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