When to Gather Turnips

The University of Illinois Extension website recommends harvesting turnips when the root vegetables are about 2 to 3 inches in diameter, while they are still mild-tasting and tender. Turnips are best grown as a fall crop and are hardy enough to withstand several light freezes before harvesting.

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