|'Purple Top Milan', also known as 'Early Flat Red Top', is an heirloom variety, and one of the flattest turnips available. The shoulders are purple, and the bottom half white. Very early harvest--if planted in early spring, it can be pulled by June. Ideal for the Northwest, where the weather is cool and rainy. The turnip is a bienneal that is grown as an annual. This temperate climate crop grows best when temperatures are around 68 degrees F. Soil should be moist, but well drained and have a medium to low fertility level. Turnips tend to bolt when soil becomes dry. Once ground is workable in spring, sow seeds and continue doing so about every 3 weeks until the first of summer or until weather gets too hot at about 3/4 inch deep. Space rows 9 inches apart and thin plants with scissors so they are about 4 inches apart. Early turnips can be harvested at about 5 weeks and main crop anywhere from 6 to 10 weeks. Much later than that and plants will be too tough.