I planted a small patch of turnips several weeks back, just to fill in an empty raised bed. It got overrun with weeds pretty quickly as I proceeded to neglect the bed, but surprisingly I still got a nice harvest of good-enough sized turnips. They definitely would have done better had I thinned them out.
In my defense, I did notice that the flea beetles were doing more damage to particular weeds than to my crops, which is why I left some of these weeds in the beds.
I was heading out of town for several days just as they were ready to be harvested. We’d never eat them all in time, so I looked up how I might preserve them. Several people recommended removing the tops from the roots and leaving the turnips in the ground until you are ready to eat them.
But how exactly should you leave them in the ground? Do you just cut the tops off and leave the roots where they are? Or do you pull up the turnips, cut the tops off, and then bury them again?
Since I couldn’t find the answer in any of my books or online, I decided to experiment for myself.
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