* Varieties may vary
This rewarding root vegetable is fairly specific in its requirements for best results. A light, well-drained soil is right, including crumbly loam and coarse sand, but it does not thrive on heavy clay. Thorough preparation of the soil the previous autumn will improve its structure, but do not sow on freshly manured soil, as this will encourage the roots to fork or ‘fang’. The earliest sowings benefit from a warm, sheltered position and, if available, cloche protection.