This an easy to grow swede which produces medium sized swedes with yellow flesh and with an excellent, mild, sweet flavour. The fine textured roots store well and they are absolutely delicious cooked and added to mashed potatoes, casseroles etc.
Site & Soil
Swedes prefer a medium soil which contains lots of nutrients although they will be happy growing in most soil types. They are unfortunately prone to club root so make sure the soil is not too acidic. Acid soils encourage club root. The ideal pH for swedes is somewhere between 7.0 and 7.4. If the soil is short of nutrients then add some well-rotted manure a month or so prior to sowing seed. If manure is not available then add a long lasting fertiliser such as bonemeal or similar. Swedes don't like being waterlogged. If your soil is not free draining then either dig in some well-rotted compost or grow them on a ridge so that the water drains away.
When to Sow
Sow seeds mid May to late June.
How to Sow
Sow seeds thinly, 1cm (½ inch) deep in drills 38cm (15 inches) apart in soil that has been raked to a fine tilth.
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