GROW BIOINTENSIVEŽ CULTURAL INFO: C, W/ Matures 5-10 / Harvest 4+/ Yield 100-360, roots or tops / Spacing 4"/
DAYS TO MATURITY: 85
SEED CODE: O
SEEDS PER PACKET: 100
APPROXIMATE GERMINATION DAYS: 6-14
SOIL TEMPERATURE FOR GERMINATION: 75F
PLANTING DEPTH: 1/4-1/2"
WHEN TO PLANT: Early Spring - Late Summer (Winter in mild climates)
PACKET INSTRUCTIONS: Plant 4" apart in late spring or summer in well-composted garden soil. Matures in 13 weeks. Soil determines the quality of the flavor. Will thrive in good garden soil. Becomes woody in a light, dry soil, and flavor becomes strong and hot if water is lacking. Easy to grow and will stand in the ground for a long time. Very good keeper for winter root cellar or refrigerator storage.
BOTANICAL NAME: Brassica rapa
DESCRIPTION: An heirloom that has become a New England classic, with a festival in its honor in Wardsboro, VT. All of the dishes served at the festival contain this turnip. A farmer named John Gilfeather bred these in the late 1800's. He prospered by selling these delicious turnips, always cutting off the tops and bottoms so nobody else could propagate them. One night a neighbor sneaked into his field, stole some, and old the seed to market gardeners who made them commercially available. Sweeter and later than other turnips (they are probably, actually a rutabaga, but who are we to quarrel with the historic name?) Greens and roots both sweet and tender-textured - best after a frost.
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