Anyone growing giant turnips, rhutabagas ?

farmfreedomDecember 11, 2006

Anyone growing giant turnips, rhutabagas ? is there anything better than the "mamouth rhutabaga" ? Where can I get seeds?

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I thought you said you didn't have any land to grow anything on??????

    Bookmark   December 12, 2006 at 2:08AM
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I don't have any land to grow anything on ,but I want to know where I can get the seeds I want when I get it.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2006 at 11:30AM
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You can always check community gardening program in your neighborhood to see if there is land for rent.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2006 at 2:57AM
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I grow turnips and rutabagas every year. I don't generally let the turnips get huge because the varieties I grow tend to get woody at a large size. Of course, rutabagas naturally grow to a larger size.

That said, a few years ago I planted a row of the lavender-shouldered turnips in a friend's garden. Six or eight weeks later I returned to harvest some. I made my merry way down the row, picking baseball-sized turnips. Then I seized the top of one which I struggled to unearth, bracing myself against resistance I'd not encountered with its brethren. I finally got a spade and worked around this megaturnip. When I got it out of the ground, my eyes grew wide and I ran to the house to fetch my friend. Together we stood there and stared in shock at the largest turnip we'd ever seen. It was about the size of a volleyball and must have weighed 8 - 10 pounds. I warned my friend that it might be woody and/or bitter, but by all reports the flesh was crisp, succulent, and mild. It fed him and his wife for a week.

I don't know why this turnip mutated to grow the way it did. All the other turnips in that row - planted from the same packet of seeds - were normal in every way.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2007 at 11:25AM
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I would have left that turnip in and let it go to seed and planted half of them next year . You could have started a new strain !

    Bookmark   January 11, 2007 at 3:07PM
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I don't know if there's much of a market for 10-pound turnips.

Anyway, I didn't realize until I'd uprooted it exactly what I was dealing with. My first reaction, which lasted only a few seconds, was a sort of vague fear and shock.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2007 at 4:06PM
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