Rutabagas are related to turnips but take longer to mature. In the South they are grown as a fall crop and stand all but the coldest weather. In northern climates plant 30 days before the last frost date. The flesh of the rutabaga is fine grained and sweeter than turnips. It turns bright orange when cooked. They have become popular cut up and fried like potatoes and provide more nutrition and less carbs.
Plant in well prepared soil in rows. Space and thin as you would mustard or turnips. They grow best in cool weather and need plenty of water to form the bulbs. Soil can become just as dry in cool weather as in hot weather. Insects are usually not much of a problem in cool weather and the occasional dusting with Nature’s Guide Diatomaceous Earth will keep pests in check.
Harvest the bulbs when they reach three to three and a half inches in diameter.