Swedes are a root vegetable that form a large swollen root, and yew they were discovered in Sweden. It is a very easy vegetable to grow and popular with home gardeners. Also known as Rutabaga this is a fairly fast growing vegetable.
They do grow best in cooler climates, a slightly acidic to neutral soil profile is best.
How to Grow Swede from Seed
You can grow Swede from seedlings or seed. If growing from seedlings, plant then fairly deep, up to the first set of leaves to avoid problems. HOWEVER they are best grown from seed as they dislike being transplanted.
- Dig the soil over well so that it is loose and friable.
- Add a good amount of well rotted compost.
- Try to cultivate to a depth or around 40 cm,.
- Sow the seeds in rows around 15 cm apart.
- Swede seeds are sown just below the surface.
- Water in well with a liquid seaweed fertiliser.
- Seeds should germinate in around 3 weeks.
- You will then need to thin the seedlings to give plants adequate room. Around 15 cm apart as a guide.
- Do not allow the seeds to dry out at any time. Water almost every day until seeds have germinated
Swedes are best harvested when young, they should be ready about 12 weeks after sowing the seed. Simply dig one up and check the size.