Parsnips

This is the place to discuss not just allotments but all general gardening problems and queries which don't fit into the specific categories below.
(formerly allotments and tips, hints and problems)
Post Reply
Durgan
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1162
Joined: Sun Oct 18, 2009 4:02 pm

Parsnips

Post: # 258749Post Durgan
Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:00 pm

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?MJCMS 16 April 2012 Planting Parsnips
A 25 foot row of parsnip seed was planted. Method is to mark the row, rototill, flatten surface, place seeds along row about five inch spacing, water, place supports and place board over the row.The supports under the boards allows space for the shoots to grow without distortion,removed after germination.This method insures the soil remains moist, and when it rains the seeds do not get washed out of position. Germination is almost 100% using this method with little care required.

User avatar
demi
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1124
Joined: Wed May 11, 2011 6:03 pm
latitude: 41° 50' N
longitude: 22° 00' E
Location: Prilep, Macedonia

Re: Parsnips

Post: # 258760Post demi
Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:58 am

iv got an abundance of parsnip seeds which are going out of date and need to be panted this year.
ill give this ago. would it be better with something transparent instead of a wooden board so the light still gets through? dont they need the light to germinate?
we're going to have parsnips coming out of our ears this year :lol: but at least they sell for a decent amount at the market so we should make some money off them. :iconbiggrin:
Tim Minchin - The Good Book
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr1I3mBojc0

'If you just close your eyes and block your ears, to the acumulated knowlage of the last 2000 years,
then morally guess what your off the hook, and thank Christ you only have to read one book'

Durgan
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1162
Joined: Sun Oct 18, 2009 4:02 pm

Re: Parsnips

Post: # 258769Post Durgan
Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:23 am

Seeds do not need light to germinate. There are some exotic exceptions. Repeat after me. Immediate4ly after germination apply the light, preferably from the Sun.

User avatar
hedgewizard
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1415
Joined: Fri Feb 17, 2006 9:26 pm
Location: dorset, UK
Contact:

Re: Parsnips

Post: # 258812Post hedgewizard
Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:21 pm

Hessian sacking or old carpet work well too.
http://www.farminmypocket.co.uk - polytunnel offers, reviews, and more self-sufficiency information than you can shake a chicken at

User avatar
hedgewizard
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1415
Joined: Fri Feb 17, 2006 9:26 pm
Location: dorset, UK
Contact:

Re: Parsnips

Post: # 258813Post hedgewizard
Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:21 pm

Hessian sacking or old carpet work well too.
http://www.farminmypocket.co.uk - polytunnel offers, reviews, and more self-sufficiency information than you can shake a chicken at

Ellendra
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 765
Joined: Sat Nov 03, 2007 2:15 am
Location: Wisconsin, USA

Re: Parsnips

Post: # 259022Post Ellendra
Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:51 am

My method for planting parnips involves ... um... actually, nature plants them for me. Turns out they've become invasive in parts of the US, I never had to buy a single seed. The wild ones are genetically the same as the garden ones, although if the soil is heavy or rocky the roots won't grow as big.

User avatar
safronsue
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 280
Joined: Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:03 pm
Location: Kozani, Greece

Re: Parsnips

Post: # 259029Post safronsue
Sun Apr 22, 2012 4:37 am

interesting. can i ask what the wooden stakes are for?

Durgan
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1162
Joined: Sun Oct 18, 2009 4:02 pm

Re: Parsnips

Post: # 259038Post Durgan
Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:44 am

safronsue wrote:interesting. can i ask what the wooden stakes are for?
The wooden stakes mark where the seed potato is located. When the potatoes are dug the vegetation is not visible, and using the stake as a guide, one can eliminate of bit of work by digging in the right area. There are only 70 potato plants so they are relatively easy to mark. Motivated by laziness, and less likely to spear new potatoes with the fork.

Durgan
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1162
Joined: Sun Oct 18, 2009 4:02 pm

Re: Parsnips

Post: # 260078Post Durgan
Tue May 08, 2012 4:56 pm

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?JTIPL 8 May 2012 Parsnips
Parsnips germinated. Upon removing the board to replant the seeds, it was found the seeds had germinated in about 18 days.Lucky me.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?MJCMS 16 April 2012 Planting Parsnips
A 25 foot row of parsnip seed was planted. Method is to mark the row, rototill, flatten surface, place seeds along row about five inch spacing, water, place supports and place board over the row.The supports under the boards allows space for the shoots to grow without distortion,removed after germination.This method insures the soil remains moist, and when it rains the seeds do not get washed out of position. Germination is almost 100% using this method with little care required.

Post Reply