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harry

  • Joined Mar 2009
planting
« on: October 16, 2011, 10:37:15 am »
i want to grow root veg for my pigs to dig up and eat...... turnips swede parsnips etc etc .... when do i start planting various veg

Plantoid

  • Joined May 2011
  • Yorkshireman on a hill in wet South Wales
Re: planting
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2011, 12:07:46 am »
Depends on the variety Harry .. I'd go and look on the website of a supplier you feel like using and check out the dates they recommend on their varieties and then buy  the requisite seeds .

Any idea how many square metres you want to grow ?

 Allotment .org.uk give a 26 week sow to harvest  and recommend may to june sowing

 I sowed my Helenor swede seeds on 28 July this year they are now about 40 mm across and hopefully will over winter fairly well for eating by us.

 Somewhere like an agri seeds supplier might have better seed & better prices especially suited for your needs .
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: planting
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2011, 10:11:25 am »
i want to grow root veg for my pigs to dig up and eat...... turnips swede parsnips etc etc .... when do i start planting various veg
Small white turnips can be sown from March onwards at regular intervals until autumn.
Parsnips can be sown from February if the soil is not too wet, but you might have more success in March/April.
Swedes, which here in Scotland are known as turnips just to be confusing, are usually sown in May, in soil heavily manured for a previous crop, to reach a good size for winter.
All of them need careful hoeing to keep them weedfree as young plants.
The other root which pigs love are fodder beet and mangolds/mangelwurzels which have a higher sugar content than swedes.
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harry

  • Joined Mar 2009
Re: planting
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2011, 10:18:52 am »
ok thanks will try them

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: planting
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2011, 12:21:49 pm »
I believe they also like Jerusalem artichokes  :)

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: planting
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2011, 01:24:17 pm »
I believe they also like Jerusalem artichokes  :)
Jet propelled pigs  :D :o :D  But they are the very easiest to grow and you only need to buy the initial tubers and you have them for life, as long as you keep back a few before the pigs get to them  :pig:.  I can't remember when you plant them though, autumn or spring.
"Let's not talk about what we can do, but do what we can"

There is NO planet B - what are YOU doing to save our home?

Do something today that your future self will thank you for - plant a tree

 Love your soil - it's the lifeblood of your land.

Plantoid

  • Joined May 2011
  • Yorkshireman on a hill in wet South Wales
Re: planting
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2011, 10:35:13 pm »
I believe they also like Jerusalem artichokes  :)
Jet propelled pigs  :D :o :D  But they are the very easiest to grow and you only need to buy the initial tubers and you have them for life, as long as you keep back a few before the pigs get to them  :pig:.  I can't remember when you plant them though, autumn or spring.

Very soon .. when the greenery starts to die back.
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