Swede are sown directly where they are to grow in rows 30 cm apart and thin to 15 cm between the plants, later remove every other one for use, leaving the rest to develop more. They are not harvested for storing, but are used straight from the ground, but if they are left too long they will become very woody. Usually there is one sowing as they take quite a long period to reach a good size. As they are in the Brassica family they are susceptible to similar diseases, mainly clubroot.Clubroot and slugs will hollow them out if allowed.
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