Turnips are easy to grow when planted in the right season and mature in just two months. They are biennials usually grown as annuals.
Although turnips are more of a staple in European kitchens, many southern gardeners like to grow them for the nutritious turnip greens.
Turnips grow best in a temperate climate but can endure light frost. Fall crops are usually sweeter and more tender than spring crops—and pests are less of a problem.
Turnips have been grown for over 3,000 years, and are especially valuable because all parts of the plants can be eaten (the swollen root and the greens). They are often used as a substitute for potatoes.