The Gilfeather Rutabaga is a legendary root from Vermont that is a cross between a rutabaga and turnip. Developed in the late 19th century by John Gilfeather of Wardsboro. Large, oblong-shaped roots have green shoulders, white flesh, and edible greens. Flavor and texture are excellent, sweet and smooth, improving after a frost. The Gilfeather Rutabaga is a good storage crop for a root cellar.
Germination: 5-7 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 65-75ºF.
Seed Sowing Depth: 1/2" deep
Sowing Outdoors: Mid-spring, around the last frost date or 90 days before you will want to harvest the roots. Sow a few seeds every 6", thin to the strongest seedling.
How much does a packet plant: 12-15 foot row
Harvest: After a few touches of frost, when they become their sweetest and before they get too big and woody. Cut tops off and store.
Tips: Plant Gilfeather Rutabaga in loose, rich soil. Amend with compost at planting time if needed. Consistent moisture is required for optimum results. Great storage vegetable, up to 6 months.