From Seed to Harvest 28 – Swede, Turnip and Radish

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From seed to harvest, I share my knowledge about the types of swede, turnip and radish, varieties and sowing methods, as well as how to transplant if you want to, watering, ways of picking to maximise output and quality, storage, pest protection, clearing, and what to plant next.

This lesson on growing swede, turnip and radish is one of 30 that comprise Course 3. My aim is that you understand each vegetable’s special needs and qualities so that successful harvests are almost certain.

Soil care

There is occasional reference to weeding, feeding and basic bed preparation. Thanks to no dig, these are minimal jobs and are almost the same for all vegetables.

If you are not yet practising no dig, it’s simple. The key part is to stop digging and loosening your soil. Then rake level and cover the surface with a thin layer of compost, into which you sow and transplant. Or, if you have many weeds, lay cardboard and cover with some compost.

Compost is anything decomposed and does not have to be perfect in appearance. It is organic matter that feeds soil life, maintaining soil with an aerated structure, and far more effectively than we can do it with tools.

On all soil types, you can grow fine swede, turnip and radish using the no dig method. And you will enjoy the process much more, thanks to there being many fewer weeds.


I have created a bank of useful information which can be used alongside any of my online courses, books or web pages.

It contains:

  • Information on the seasons and weather
  • A comprehensive glossary of gardening terms that I use, explained in a few words
  • A table showing which vegetables belong to which plant family
  • A harvesting timeline detailing the main months for sowing and harvesting 

The glossary, plant family information and harvesting timeline can all be downloaded as PDF’s.

It is available to purchase for £15 here.