Turnip greens

How much to water the turnip greens

Turnip greens are a simple and tasty vegetable, present in many varieties. Despite being a winter crop, it prefers the Mediterranean climate of central Italy and southern Italy (the ideal temperature in the early stages of growth is around 20 ° C). In the northern regions, the earliest varieties that provide a harvest before winter can be grown. Up to the moment of taking root, the irrigations must be repeated and regular, and then thin out with the growth of the plant. In general, watering interventions must be planned in relation to rains and periods of drought, becoming more abundant in the latter case. Care must be taken that water stagnations are not created which cause rot and yellowing of the leaves.

How to grow turnip greens

The cultivation of turnip tops takes place starting from the seeds, which can be arranged in a seedbed or planted in the ground. Taking into account the small size of the seed, it is initially difficult to establish an adequate distribution, therefore when the shoots appear, thinning may be necessary. If the seeds were placed in the seedbed, the seedlings can be transplanted after 30-40 days. These, kept at a distance from each other, will be positioned in parallel rows to allow proper growth. Sowing should be practiced in different periods depending on the location: in the north it usually lasts all summer, while in the center and south it can continue until November depending on the climatic conditions.

The ideal soil for turnip greens

The ideal soil for turnip greens is soft or medium-textured and above all adequately drained to prevent the formation of water stagnation. Before sowing, it is recommended to dig the soil, preferably with the aid of a motor hoe, in order to increase the natural drainage of the earth and avoid the danger that seasonal rains can affect the development of the plant. Organic fertilization with nitrogen-based compost requires great caution as the plant could accumulate nitrates in its leaves that are potentially harmful to human health. Ideally, the sowing of turnip greens could be carried out after a manured cultivation, such as courgette, so that our crop can benefit from the nutritional enrichment brought to the soil by the previous vegetable.

Turnip greens: Exposure, diseases and possible remedies

Preferring a mild climate, the best location for growing turnip greens is largely exposed to heat and sunlight. This especially in the early stages of plant development, to ensure that the vegetation is lush and tasty. This vegetable is particularly resistant to adversity and to animal and vegetable parasites, therefore the use of pesticides is often not necessary. Some vintages, however, may be characterized by the presence of turnip greens, a dangerous moth especially in the early stages of plant growth. Its larvae are of fair size, easily identifiable among the leaves and, if scarcely present, they can be removed manually. The use of herbal remedies is always not recommended, especially in family gardens.

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