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    Default "Transplant or not transplant", that is the question.

    I will, for the first time, be growing swede's next year. These will be grown on my raised beds and as these are classed as brassicas, will be grown with my Kale and broccoli. Although it states on the packet that they should be grown in-situ, can these be gown in modules and then transplanted. I have read that someone does this every year with success and other comments are that it is bad for their growth. What are you findings, you swede growers.
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    I do both. I grow an earlier crop, started in modules and transplanted out. At about the same time as transplanting first sowing I also make a direct sowing.
    They do grow fine in modules (much to my surprise) and as you say you can just treat them like any other brassica.
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    I grow everything except carrots and parsnips [and this year, root parsley] in modules. And my swedes are a fine size, thanks for asking


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    Quote Originally Posted by zazen999 View Post
    I grow everything except carrots and parsnips [and this year, root parsley] in modules. And my swedes are a fine size, thanks for asking
    Glad to hear it.............
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    I'm on sandy soil and can't grow swedes at all, nada, by any method whatsoever: nuffink
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    I have done both ways,it is a lot easier to go modual,as you know where they are and tell them from any weeds,this year i tryed rings,cut up 3in down comer,and will use the same method next year,however the sticky grey bugs seen my swede off ,but works very well with anything else you sow direct,as it identifes from the weeds,enabling you to weed easier,and thin out as you wish,i removed the rings when plant big enough,but not to big to lift off,am going to try some carrots next year,use a bigger ring,maybe cut up some supermarket flower buckets,or larger pipe,suggest not to try cardboard as this will act as a wick and dry the ground out,this year was mad with weeds,they seem to grow quicker than the seeds you want ,anything worth a try,
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    I sow direct and fine that works really well and is one less thing to bother transplanting etc. They germinate really well and only need thinning out once. You do need to net pretty much as soon as you sow though or the cabbage whites will get them. I sow a few straight rows in April at the same time as I sow my first line of turnips and will start pulling them fairly soon when either the turnips run out or the frost gets them, whichever is first - seem to have grown too many turnips this year, no idea why .

    I do module sow most things, with the exception of carrots, parsnips, swede and turnips (oh and the likes of onion sets)

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    I grew swedes this year for the first time and they are pathetic , not filling out into nice round ones at all. Saw some on a chaps plot that are huge and his were transplanted ........
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