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Root Vegetables: Turnips, Rutabagas and Radishes

With dozens of root vegetable varieties to choose from, the right selection can mean the difference between success and disappointment, so use this guide to determine what turnips, rutabagas and radishes will suit you best.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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Purple Top Milan Turnip is Italian Heirloom
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Turnip <em>&lsquo;Purple Top Milan&rsquo;</em>

A good choice for early sowings under cloches, this turnip crops reliably and matures quickly. The flat-topped roots are a vivid shade of purple above the soil and pure white beneath it, making them attractive as well as delicious.

Sow: Early spring to midsummer
Harvest: Mid-spring onward
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil, moist soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun, partial or dappled shade

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