These small round root vegetables are not their large sweet relatives the rutabaga.  Typically turnips are harvested with tender skin at around baseball sized. Their greens are also edible.



Not as hardy as their cabbage cousins the Rutabaga, turnips will typically last a few weeks once picked. This can be extended with moist soil/sand as other root vegetables.

Cooking and freezing works well however they will lose their consistency.

Blanched and frozen in vacuum bags seems to work well.

Days to Grow: 50

Spacing: 9 per square foot

Effort: Minimal


Plant: As soon as ground is workable

Yield: good to moderate

Will survive light frost!

Light frost improves flavour

Gardening Shortcut Links

Square Foot Gardening Section

Square Foot Gardening

Information and resources for square foot gardening here in NW Ontario.

Excel Garden Planner

An excel worksheet I developed to help plan and track my square foot gardening.


North Hardy Plants

Not all plants will grow here, but a lot will.


Useful Resources

The following are additional resources and information as well as basic information for growing this and many other garden plants here in NW Ontario.

Square Foot Gardening Basics

Preserving methods

High productivity, small area

About Garden Planning

Laying out your garden and pre-planning what to plant is best accomplished over the winter months. It gives you escape from the north winds, allows for ordering of seeds and allows you to put some time and effort into laying out your garden.

Since I use the square foot gardening method, I have created a garden planner using Microsoft excel. It allows you layout your garden using the cells in excel, then based on what plants you choose it will calculate planting/harvest times, potential yields, how many seeds you will need and more.

The Garden planner is provided as is, I can and will answer questions on using it and I have made videos on using it. I am hoping to have a full updated version ready for 2019 planning season.

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