Saturday, 23 January 2021

Even More Re Thinking Parsnips



I'm working on my Sowing and Planting Plant and with the huge parsnips I grow this year I'm thinking more about sequential sowing and harvesting  so I have decided to look at the back of each pack or the websites for the sow dates and harvest dates for each variety as I have  7 different varieties of parsnips plus one pack that is past its sell by date I've decided on two rows of everything in date and 1 row of the out of date seeds which gives me 14 of each new in date variety and 1 row of 7 Gladiator F1 if they germinate. This rethink means Swede and Turnips will need to go into another bed.  

So I thought I had bottomed out what I was going to grow Parsnip wise and D.T.Brown send me a Free pack of Sabre F1 seeds with an order to trial which leads to a rethink re Parsnips  

Parsnips 
2 rows (14) x Student                  - 200 Seeds - Mag   - Mr Fothergill's - Sow By 2021 
2 rows (14) x Palace F1              - 200 Seeds - £2.45 - Mr Fothergill's - Sow By 2021
2 rows (14) x Tender and True   - 350 Seeds - £2.09 - Johnsons        - Sow By 2022
2 rows (14) x White Gem            - 300 Seeds - £1.00 - Wilko               - Sow By 2022 
2 rows (14) x New! Picador F1  - 200 Seeds - £2.10 - Mr Fothergill's - Sow By Dec 2023
2 rows (14) x New! TZ 9045 F1 - 200 Seeds - £1.99 - D.T.Brown       - Sow By Dec 2022
2 rows (14) x New! Sabre F1     - 100 Seeds - £1.89 - D.T.Brown       - Sow By Dec 2024
1 row   (  7) x Gladiator F1 old seeds if they germinate.  
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Sowing and Harvesting Dates 

Variety                     Sow                   Harvest  

New! TZ 9045 F1   Feb - Apr          Oct - Mar
New! Picador F1    Feb - May         Oct - Feb    
Tender and True     Feb - May        Sep - Mar 
Palace F1               Feb - May         Oct - Feb 
White Gem          mid Feb - April     Oct - mid Feb
Student                  Apr - May          Sep - Feb     (Heritage Variety)
Sabre F1                Feb - May         Oct - Feb 
Gladiator F1           Apr - May          Sep - Feb    (sow by Dec 2019 try and germinate)           

Sowing and Harvesting schedule 

Feb
Tender and True        Harvest - September
New! TZ 9045 F1      Harvest - October
New! Sabre F1          Harvest - October

March 
New! Picador F1       Harvest - October  
Tender and True        Harvest - November  
Palace F1                  Harvest - January 2022

April 
New! TZ 9045 F1       Harvest - December - After frost 
New! Picador F1        Harvest - December - After frost 
New! Sabre F1           Harvest - January 2022
Palace F1                   Harvest - February 2022
 
May 
Student                      Harvest - January 2022
Tender and True        Harvest - January 2022
Gladiator F1               Harvest - February 2022
White Gem                 Harvest - February 2022
   

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