Brought to you by popular vote, tonight’s “pick a post” is about turnips.
Brassica rapa. The common turnip. Why have I never tried to grow turnips in my garden? I’m an experienced gardener; I’m getting ready to start my 21st vegetable garden this spring. It seems odd that I’ve never tried to grow turnips.
I blame my Dad. He never grew turnips. I think. I’m pretty sure. I don’t remember him harvesting turnips from his garden and I don’t remember eating turnips when I was growing up. I don’t remember turning my nose up at cooked turnips or raw turnips or turnip greens. I just don’t remember turnips being part of my childhood or a part of my gardening heritage.
In general, I find that my vegetable garden is much like my Dad’s in terms of what I grow. Lots of tomatoes, some peppers, eggplant, green beans. He grew cucumbers and squash, so do I. Peas? Oh, I aspire to grow peas like he grew. Lettuce, spinach, radish, green onions. Just like my Dad.
I know what my Dad grew in his garden not because he kept a garden journal, he didn’t, and not because I was out there helping him plant it all, though I was.
I remember because I have his last batch of seeds.
That’s what’s in this box.
I refer to it to remind myself what he planted that I don’t. There are kohlrabi, cabbage, broccoli and Swiss chard seeds in there, and I never grow those.
But there are no turnip seeds in the box and I don’t remember him growing turnips, so I’m pretty sure he didn’t grow turnips.
But all day I’ve been thinking about turnips. I went to a Scottish restaurant last night, the only one in the city that I know of, and my shepherd’s pie was served with sides of “neeps and tatties” which is mashed turnips and mashed potatoes.
So now I’ve decided to get some turnip seeds and give them a try. I can have some turnip greens and sliced raw turnips in the spring and then in the fall, harvest turnips to cook and mash.
Who else is trying something new in their vegetable garden this year? If you aren’t, you should!
I realize I only posted the “Pick a Post Friday” poll for a few hours. When or if I do that again, I’ll provide more time to vote and maybe some hints as to what the topics are really about.
Here are the official results:
Turnips – 6 votes
My New Houseplant – 4 votes
A New Hoe Quote – 4 votes
Attack of GADS – Indoors – 5 votes
Not exactly a landslide for turnips, but a win is a win! Watch for “Attack of GADS – Indoors” in the very near future and the other two topics at some other time.