Parsnip is a particularly British vegetable because of its winter hardiness. Thankfully it is now reviving as a popular choice thanks to more imaginative uses in cooking. Roast with your Sunday joint or par-boil, roll in flour and Parmesan cheese and roast, delicious!
WHEN TO SOW
Mid March to May
WHERE TO SOW
Sow thinly direct into the growing site 2cm (¾””) deep in rows 45cm (18in) apart. Try to choose a stone free tilth growing site. Parsnips can take up to 8 weeks to germinate depending on soil temperatures. You are better to delay sowings if soils are wet and cold.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
Do not transplant seedlings. A s soon as seedlings appear , they should be gradually thinned until plants are 10cm 4in) apart. Hoe regularly , taking care not to damage the crown of the root.
Mid March to May & December
If growing for exhibition, wanting long straight roots, bore deep holes with a long bar and fill with a sandy compost mix and sow 2-3 seeds per station, then thin to the strongest seedling.
A good source of energy boosting carbohydrates and high in Vitamin C and Potassium.