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How to Grow Turnips In Your Garden

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • With their large radish-like bulbs and mustard-like leafy greens, turnips are a nutrient-dense root vegetable you can easily grow in your vegetable garden
  • Turnip bulbs are a great source of vitamin C and their leafy green tops contain high amounts of vitamins A and K
  • As a cool-weather crop, you can direct seed turnips in the early spring or wait until late summer for a fall/winter crop; when stored in a cool, dry place, you can enjoy turnips all winter long
  • Turnips are quick to germinate and you can easily regrow the leafy greens again and again throughout the growing season as long as you do not damage the bulb

Turnips are antioxidant-rich and nutrient-dense. Besides being an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber, turnips also contain a type of phytonutrient known as indoles, which may help you fight cancer — particularly colon cancer. For these and many other reasons, you may enjoy growing turnips. Below, I share everything you need to know to cultivate this hearty, healthy root vegetable.


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