jal_ut wrote:Eat turnip greens? Not me! Plant turnips for the root. Around these parts the lil insect critters punch so many holes in the turnip leaves they look like they have been shot with a shotgun. If you want greens, plant some spinach and chard.
Ha ha! Same here. All my turnip greens have that same pincushion look. Worse this year than ever. But, it hasn't always been that way. I think maybe that culprit is thrips. Does that sound right? They also go after arugula like crazy. Funny how they seem to like the bitterest things out there.
Anyway, I like both turnip greens cooked like spinach and the roots. But I mostly want the roots. (big bulbs) The variety is purple top white globe. Some years I get great turnips, doesn't seem to be any explanation. Maybe they are a little too close together but not outrageously so. I would say about 3 inches from the next guy! Could be too much nitrogen I guess. We are in a monster heat wave right now that could affect bulb formation, but it has been unseasonably cool up to about a week ago; should have been good turnip root weather?!