How to Grow – Rutabagas



“Oh rutabagas- they’re just the same as turnips.”


Yes, I’ve heard this said.
Although they are related, a rutabaga is a cross between a cabbage and a turnip, and have some similar characteristics, they are not the same.

Here’s why:

1. They are sweeter.
2. They store longer.
3. They grow much, much bigger.
4. It’s more fun to say ‘root-a-beg-a’.
5. They were the original Jack O’ Lanterns.
6. Frost? Ha! They scoff at frost!

rutabaga in the garden

and more-abaga

Rutabagas actually like a little frost. They take about 3 months to grow, so plan your planting time accordingly.
Here in Zone 5/6, we usually get frost later in September; so I just toss a few seeds in when I’m planting in June and let them go.
Rutabagas don’t have a lot of special needs.

You can eat the greens, always a bonus.
Rutabagas are great added cooked to mashed potatoes. Mmmm.
That’s our favorite way to enjoy them; Mandolin likes this too, he also puts them in soups and stews.



Botanical Name: Brassica napus
Yield: One veggie per seed planted, though thinning plants to give them more room will help them grow larger.
Spacing: 6″
Days to maturity: 90
Storage: Refrigerate or root cellar, pressure canned, dehydrated.

The Original Jack O’ Lanterns


Categories: How to Grow, Rutabagas


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