Or to Americans Rutabaga, which I think I almost prefer!
There's not many things we can sow this late and get a good crop but I always sow my swedes in June to hopefully follow on from something else.
The trouble with them is they come from that ultra high maintenance group - Brassicas. The footballers wives of the vegetable world.
You can't do enough for them! They need plenty of well rotted manure, careful sowing away from pests, slug protection, netting from birds, netting from cabbage white butterfly, collars to stop the root fly, the list goes on.
|Cabbages and purple sprouting in the ground|
Your winter plot looks pretty bare without brassicas though! And I do love the humble old swede. Mashed with butter on the side of your roast or mixed in with your stew after you've been working outside in the cold all day it takes some beating! The girls seem to love it as well so I'm planning on putting plenty in this year.
Does everyone else have this love hate relationship with all the brassicas (not just swedes?)?