My turnips have been doing so much better this year than last!
Admittedly, last year I only bought the seed at the back end of the summer and they were planted on sub-standard soil. This year, they are in the area which used to be lawn, which should mean that the ground is at least reasonably fertile. After all, I did spend nearly two years killing the lawn with carpet and constantly turning it over. I wonder if you could therefore say it had been given a green manure treatment?
In any case, this first batch of turnip are about the right size for cropping, according to the packet. That is, golf ball size, although as you can see in the picture below they are not all golf ball in shape.
Incidentally, the potatoes I had along with my turnips this evening did not come from the garden. The ones accompanying my broad beans are way off being ready. However, there are even more plants sprouting from the remains of peelings in the compost.
This is actually slightly unwelcome, as it will mean disturbing the purple sprouting broccoli that I sowed between the rows of beans. Never mind, I will deal with this little challenge when the time comes.
In the meantime, I continue watering. It was been a very pleasant 23°C today, was even higher at the weekend and who knows over the next few days!
© Helen Butt, July 2013.