How to grow Parsnips
GARDENING - GROW YOUR OWN VEG
a bit of patience and proper care, you can grow your own parsnips
in your garden or container. Here are the steps to follow:
Choose the Right Variety
Select a variety of parsnip that is suitable for your climate
and soil type. Some popular varieties include Albion, White
Gem or Archer.
Prepare the Soil
Parsnips prefer loose, well-drained soil that is rich in
organic matter. Prepare the soil by removing any weeds and
debris, and then dig in some compost or aged manure to improve
the soil structure and fertility.
Sow the Seeds
Sow the seeds directly into the prepared soil in late winter
or early spring. The soil should be moist but not waterlogged.
Plant the seeds about 1 cm deep and 7 - 10 cm apart, leaving
about 30 cm between rows.
Water the seeds regularly to keep the soil moist but not
waterlogged. Do not let the soil dry out completely, as
this can cause the seeds to fail to germinate. Once the
seedlings have emerged, water them deeply and less frequently
to encourage deeper root growth.
When the seedlings are about 10 cm tall, thin them out
to a distance of 15 - 20 cm apart. This will give each parsnip
enough space to grow into a mature vegetable.
Keep the area around the parsnips free from weeds. Weeds
can compete with the parsnips for water and nutrients, and
can also attract pests and diseases.
Apply a balanced fertiliser to the parsnips about six weeks
after planting. This will provide the plants with the nutrients
they need to grow strong and healthy.
Parsnips can be vulnerable to pests such as carrot rust
fly and slugs. Use insecticidal soap or row covers to protect
the plants from pests.
Parsnips take around 5 - 6 months to mature. Wait until
the leaves have died back before harvesting the parsnips.
Gently dig up the parsnips with a garden fork or trowel,
taking care not to damage the roots.
Store the parsnips in a cool, dark place such as a root
cellar or refrigerator. They can be stored for several months
if kept at a temperature of around 0 - 2°C and high
Growing parsnips requires patience and attention to detail.
By following these steps, you can enjoy the delicious taste
of home-grown parsnips in your meals.
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