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Hello everyone I have a question about my turnips. Last year and this year both Ihave planted purple top turnips around sept 1 I have planted them in two diffrent spots ,tilled the ground about six inches deep planted them about 1/2 inch deep both times they come up about 2in high and stop growing what am I doing wrong.Thanks for the help.MIKE
 

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Mike, I think maybe if you tilled the ground (or use a raised bed) to a depth of 16 inches, or till 8 inches and then rake loose soil up to another 8 inches, turnips as with most root crops need really loose and deep planting bed. you might want to think on incorporating some phosphorus in your soil, because phosphorus is needed to strengthen the root system, which in your case is the turnip itself. you can use rock phosphate, bone meal, or cottenseed meal. I use quiet abit of cottonseed meal, for it is pretty cheap usually found at your local farmers co-op, I get a 50 lb bag here in middle tn for around $11.00, and it will go a long way. that would be my suggestion for your turnips. your planting depth for the seed is fine, you just need more depth to let that turnip to grow, plus you will have excellent drainage
good luck with your turnips
 

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Great information given Errol. Also, remember that turnips do well in the cool weather. They can even tolerate frost. Turnips have been a staple in my garden for years. My children love to eat the freshly picked greens raw. I love cooking the tops and root together. I have never had trouble growing turnips, but if I do, I will know what to do. Thanks Errol.
 
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