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Turnip (Shalgam) Seeds

Turnip (Shalgam) Seeds

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Turnip, also known as Shalgam in Hindi, is a root vegetable with a crisp texture and a mildly sweet and peppery taste. It's commonly used in culinary dishes worldwide and is rich in nutrients like vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. Turnips can be eaten raw in salads, pickled, or cooked in various ways such as roasting, boiling, or sautéing. They are easy to grow and thrive in cool climates, making them a versatile addition to gardens and kitchen tables alike.

Care Instructions for Sowing and Planting :

  • Sowing Time: Turnip seeds can be sown directly in the garden beds from late summer to early winter, depending on the region's climate. In cooler regions, early sowing ensures a good harvest before the onset of extreme cold.
  • Soil Requirements:Choose well-draining soil rich in organic matter. Turnips prefer slightly acidic to neutral soil pH (6.0-7.5).
  • Sowing Depth and Spacing: Sow seeds about 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep and space them 3-4 inches apart in rows that are 12-18 inches apart. Ensure adequate spacing to allow roots to develop without competition.
  • Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Adequate moisture is crucial for healthy root development.
  •  Sunlight: Turnips thrive in full sun, receiving at least 6-8 hours of sunlight daily. Ensure they have access to sufficient light for optimal growth.
  • Fertilization: Before planting, incorporate well-decomposed compost or aged manure into the soil. During growth, side-dress with balanced fertilizer or compost tea to promote steady growth.
  • Thinning and Maintenance: Once seedlings emerge, thin them to about 6-8 inches apart to prevent overcrowding and ensure robust root development. Remove weeds regularly to minimize competition for nutrients.
  • Harvesting: Turnips are typically ready for harvest 6-8 weeks after sowing, depending on the variety and growing conditions. Harvest when roots reach desired size (usually 2-3 inches in diameter). Use a garden fork to gently lift the roots from the soil.

By following these care instructions, you can successfully grow healthy and flavorful turnips in your garden.

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