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Showing schedule for Southern England in United Kingdom

Soil facts and preparation

Quick facts..

  • Soil Type Well Drained
  • Ideal Ph range 6.0 to 7.5
  • Site Full Sun
Swede will grow in soil with relatively low fertility, however the site should be well drained and not have too much fresh organic matter. Excessive organic matter can cause misshapen roots.

Treat as a brassica and do not sow where you have previously grown brassicas in the last 3 years. Choose a spot in full sun or partial shade. Loosen the soil with a garden fork before sowing.

Sowing and planting

Quick facts..

  • Germination 4 to 7 days
  • Sow 10mm deep
  • Sow Spacing 50mm
  • Rows 500mm apart
Sow directly into warm soil after the risk of frost is well past. Swede roots do not like to be disturbed so if you decide to sow indoors or in a green house, do so in modules or peat pots.

Seedlings are likely to need protection from birds so cover sowings with netting until the plants are well established. Thin to 20cm between plants

Growing a bumper crop

Swedes need very little attention for a successful crop. Keep the soil free from weeds and water in dry weather.

Prolonged warm weather or variations in soil moisture levels can cause splitting and misshapen roots

Harvesting the fruits of your labour

Quick facts..

  • Yield 1100g per plant
Swedes can be harvested all through winter, just lift them out of the ground when required. Frost improves the texture and flavour.

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