Swede Mix - Rutabaga

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Swede Mix - Rutabaga

2.50

Ships January 2017
I love swedes.  it ought to be a bumper sticker.  I love them grated into salads and sliced into thin, crispy slices for snacking.  I love them mashed in the fall or miked with whipped potatoes.  In winter, chunks thrown into a pan with other winter roots and roasted until caramelized.  I digress.  This mix gives you big buttery orange tender fleshed kinds that are so sweet and white fleshed kinds that are more earthy and complex.  We have over eight kinds in this mix so that you can taste and see what so many people think is a one note crop.  Plant for a fall crop.  
90-100 days    

(200 seeds)

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Rutabaga
A packet plants 15 ft. (200 seeds)

Rutabaga seed should be sown in mid summer for production into early winter.   

Sow the seeds in drill where they are to grow at a rate of 10-20seeds per foot and cover the seed with 1/2 of fine soil.   The best rutabagas are grow rapidly in potassium rich soils rich in trace elements.  Drought and other stress conditions delay growth adversely and affect the crop. Rutabagas will generally shove each other aside in the row and you can harvest some earlier to let others grow larger.

A late crop of rutabagas heavily mulched will allow you to harvest the roots into the winter.  They can also be stored as a “root cellar” crop where winters are too cold.

Rutabagas have to go through a winter period of vernalization to flower.  The abundant pods produced in early summer should be swollen and start to turn color.  We generally will pull the plants and then allow them to further ripen in a dry area.  When the pods thoroughly dry the pods will shatter and release the seed.  Best to lay them on a tarp to catch the seed.