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I need to know when to plant my turnip and collard greens for fall?
Now is a great time to plant fall vegetables. We have finally gotten some good rain,
and our gardens should take off and give us a wonderful fall harvest. While we grow
turnips and collards by seed, vegetable transplants for broccoli, cabbage and other
cool season vegetables have arrived at garden centers.
I have had a small backyard garden (20x50 foot) for many years. I put compost and
fertilizer(10-20-10) on it every year. This last spring I put on some well composted
chicken manure and tilled it into the soil. I rotate the crops around in this space,
so as not to plant the same crop in the same space 2 years in a row. BUT, In the last
2 years, I have not been able to grow any radishes, turnips or similar root crops,
all they produce is green tops. What can I put into the soil to cure this problem?
I assume you have ample sunlight, because all vegetables need a minimum of 6-8 hours
of sunlight to produce. I think possibly the soil is too rich, putting loads of nitrogen
into the foliage, and not forming the roots. Try mixing some coarse sand into the
planting area, and using a 10-20-10 fertilizer. Make sure you plant in the cool season
(before April 15) and thin the seedlings to give them ample room to grow, and see
what happens this year.
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