This odd brassica looks like a sputnik but don't let this put you off. It has a delicious smell and nutty flavour. More drought resistant than most brassicas, it succeeds where swedes and turnips fail. Green varieties are sown from mid spring to mid-summer for summer crops; hardier purple varieties are sown from mid-summer for autumn and winter crops.
Sow February to August
Thin out seedlings when they are 2.5cm (1in) tall or the first true leaves appear, leaving a final spacing of 15cm (6in) apart.
Keep the soil constantly moist and weed free, watering before the onset of drought.
Net or fleece young plants, to protect against birds and cabbage root fly.
t's important to harvest when the plants are young and the swollen stem bases are between golf- and tennis ball-size. If you leave them too long they lose their taste and tenderness.
Plants can be harvested until mid-December, and the leaves can also be eaten.
ie: Carrotts and Parsnips
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