MSU Extension: A Comprehensive Resource for Education, Outreach, and Resources

MSU Extension: A Comprehensive Resource for Education, Outreach, and Resources

MSU Extension is a valuable resource for all gardeners, whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out. With their wide range of publications and expert tips, they provide the knowledge and solutions you need to make your garden thrive. Whether you’re looking for advice on planting vegetables, troubleshooting common problems, or finding the best storage solutions for your crops, MSU Extension has you covered.

One of the many benefits of MSU Extension is their commitment to research and education. They provide valuable information on a variety of topics, from vegetable gardening to plant propagation. They also offer a guide on planting dates for vegetables, along with quick-growing varieties and tips for care and preparation. Their publications are a great resource for any gardener looking to learn more about their plants and how to make the most of their garden.

MSU Extension understands the challenges that gardeners face, and they’re here to help. They offer tips for dealing with common pests and diseases, such as aphids and beetles. They also provide advice on pruning and watering, ensuring that your plants get the care they need to thrive. With their expertise, you can tackle any problem that comes your way and enjoy a successful and bountiful garden.

How To Grow Turnips In Your Garden

Turnips are a popular vegetable to grow in the garden due to their versatility and nutritional value. Whether you have a large or small garden, turnips can be a great addition to your crop rotation. Here are some tips on how to grow turnips:

1. Start with a sunny spot: Turnips thrive in full sunlight, so choose a location that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.

2. Prepare the soil: Turnips prefer well-drained soil with a pH between 5.5 and 6.8. Add compost or well-rotted manure to improve the soil’s fertility and drainage. Break up any clumps of soil and remove any rocks or debris.

3. Plant the seeds: Sow turnip seeds directly into the ground about half an inch deep. Space the seeds about 3 inches apart in rows that are 12 to 18 inches apart. Water the soil lightly after planting to ensure good seed-to-soil contact.

4. Keep the soil moist: Turnips need consistent moisture to grow well. Water them frequently, especially during dry periods. Be careful not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot.

5. Fertilize regularly: Turnips are heavy feeders and benefit from regular fertilizing. Apply a balanced fertilizer, such as a 10-10-10, according to the package instructions. Make another application of fertilizer about 3 weeks after planting.

6. Control pests: Turnips can be susceptible to pests such as aphids. Monitor your plants regularly and take action at the first sign of pest damage. There are various organic pest control solutions available, or you can consult the MSU Extension publications for more information.

7. Harvest at the right time: Turnips can be harvested when they are young and tender, usually about 30-60 days after sowing. Gently pull the turnips out of the ground, making sure not to damage the roots. Trim off the green tops, leaving about an inch of stem for storage.

8. Store turnips properly: Turnips can be stored for several weeks in a cool and humid environment. Store them in a box or container with a layer of damp sand or sawdust. Check them regularly for any signs of decay.

Turnips are a hardy crop that can tolerate light frosts and cooler temperatures. They are in the same family as cabbage and Brussels sprouts and share similar growing characteristics. Adding turnips to your garden can provide you with a delicious and nutritious vegetable throughout the year.

By following these tips, you can enjoy a bountiful harvest of turnips in your garden. If you have any questions or run into any problems, don’t hesitate to reach out to the MSU Extension for guidance.

Quick Care Guide

Gardening can be a rewarding activity for any gardener. If you want to grow seeds, it is important to know the quick care guide for successful gardening.

Soil Preparation:

Before planting seeds, prepare the soil by turning it to a depth of four to six inches. Loamy soil is great for seed growth. Also, consider fertilizing the soil with organic matter to provide essential nutrients for plant growth.

Planting Seeds:

Sow the seeds according to the instructions provided on the seed packet. Some seeds need to be sown directly into the ground, while others may require starting indoors and transplanting seedlings later.

Care for Seedlings:

Seedlings should be cared for properly to ensure their healthy growth. Water the seedlings frequently, but make sure not to overwater them. Also, protect them from pests and diseases by using appropriate organic tips and troubleshooting techniques.

Temperature and Weather:

Vegetables are sensitive to temperature, and different plants have different temperature preferences. Make sure to plant them in the right temperature range. Plus, keep an eye on weather forecasts for extreme conditions that may impact plant growth.


Harvesting time varies for different vegetables. Check the characteristics of each cultivar to know when to harvest. Harvest vegetables at the right time to ensure they are not too young or tough.


After harvesting, store vegetables properly to maintain their freshness and quality. Some vegetables may need to be stored in the refrigerator, while others can be stored at room temperature. Consult MSU Extension publications for specific storage tips.

Common Questions:

If you have any questions or need help with your gardening, don’t hesitate to ask MSU Extension. They provide valuable information and assistance to the gardening community.

In conclusion, being a successful gardener requires proper care and attention. By following this quick care guide, you can ensure the healthy growth of your plants and enjoy a bountiful harvest of delicious and nutritious vegetables.

All About Turnips

Turnips are a popular root vegetable that are easy to grow and are a great addition to any garden. They are a part of the Brassicaceae family, which also includes vegetables like cabbage, kale, and broccoli. Turnips come in a variety of colors, including white, yellow, and purple, with the most common variety being the white turnip.

This quick-growing vegetable thrives in cool temperatures, making it an ideal choice for early spring or late summer planting. The ideal temperature range for growing turnips is between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Turnips require well-drained soil and should be sown in rows that are about 12 inches apart.

If you live in a warmer climate like Florida, you can still grow turnips in the winter months. Just make sure to choose a variety that is heat-tolerant, such as the ‘Tokyo Cross’ cultivar. To help with germination, it’s best to soak the turnip seeds in water overnight before planting them.

Turnips are a biennial plant, but they are usually harvested after their first growing season. The turnip roots are ready to be harvested when they reach about 2-3 inches in diameter. To store them, simply remove the tops and place them in a cool, dark location. They can last for several weeks if stored properly.

When it comes to caring for your turnip plants, regular watering is crucial. Turnips require consistent moisture and should be watered at least once a week, or more frequently during dry spells. They also benefit from a balanced organic fertilizer, such as one that contains nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.

To prevent diseases and pests, planting turnips in a well-drained soil and rotating the crops each year can be helpful. Common turnip diseases include clubroot and white rust, while common pests include flea beetles and aphids. If you notice any issues, contact your local MSU Extension office for advice and possible solutions.

If you have any questions about growing turnips or need more tips, MSU Extension provides plenty of publications and resources to help you. They have a quick guide on growing turnips, as well as information about planting, harvesting, and storing turnips. Visit their website or contact your local extension office for more information.

Planting Turnips

Turnips are a great vegetable to grow in your garden. They are hardy plants that can withstand a variety of growing conditions. This makes them a popular choice for both beginner and experienced gardeners.

When selecting turnip seeds or seedlings, look for varieties that are quick to mature and have a good flavor. There are also some turnip varieties that can be harvested in as little as four weeks, which is great if you are looking for a quick crop.

Turnips can be grown from seed directly in the ground or started as seedlings indoors. If planting from seed, sow them about half an inch deep and about one inch apart. If starting indoors, sow the seeds in individual containers and transplant the seedlings into the ground when they are about four weeks old.

In terms of soil, turnips prefer loose, well-drained soil. If your soil is heavy, you can improve it by adding organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure.

Turnips need plenty of water, especially during dry periods. Make sure to water them deeply and regularly to promote healthy root development.

One major problem that turnips can have is pests. Common pests include aphids, flea beetles, and root maggots. To prevent these pests, you can use row covers or insecticides.

Harvesting turnips is pretty straightforward. You can begin harvesting when the turnips are about golf ball size. To harvest, gently pull the turnip from the ground, taking care not to damage the greens. The greens are also edible and can be used in salads or cooked.

After harvesting your turnips, you will want to store them properly to ensure their freshness and flavor. Turnips can be stored in a cool, dark place at temperatures around 32-40 degrees Fahrenheit. They can last for several weeks if stored correctly.

If you have any questions about growing turnips, contact your local extension office or visit the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) website. They have helpful publications and resources available to assist you with all your turnip-growing needs.

So, if you’re looking for a versatile and easy-to-grow vegetable, give turnips a try in your garden. They are a great addition to any home garden and can provide you with a delicious and nutritious crop.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.