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Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in Rutabaga, Vegetables | 4 comments

How to Grow Rutabagas

How to Grow Rutabagas

Name: Rutabagas **Rutabagas are slow-growing and can be difficult to cultivate, however, they are an excellent root vegetable for many recipes and for a fall/winter crop. **If stored correctly, they will keep throughout the entire winter.   Position: **Plant in an open, sunny spot in light soil that is low in nitrogen and has a pH no lower than 6.8. If possible, dig some well-rotted manure or compost into the soil at some point during the previous season.   Propagation: **They take a long time to develop from seed to when they are ready to harvest, sometimes as long as 6 months. Therefore, start them by sowing at any time from early spring onward, as soon as the soil is warm enough to work in. If there is a danger of frost, protect the early seedlings. **Sow the seeds thinly directly into the ground in shallow drills to a depth of about 1 inch. Rows should be at least 15 inches apart. Thin out plantlings to about 9 inches apart.  ...

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