Thursday, 3 November 2022

In My Seed Box for 2023 - Parsnips


Parsnips were a bit of a failure in 2018 and didn't happen in 2019 due to my leg injury. I managed to get some parsnips sown on the allotment in 2020 before the Covid-19 put us into shielding. 

I'm looking forward to repeating the success of 2016 & 2017 and have a full 2.4m x 1.2m beds worth in 2023 and that will be using the 105-hole planting membrane. 

All seeds bought at wilko in their ^50% off seed sale, as I would rather pay 50% and get what I want, rather than wait for the 10p & 20p sale and find what I wanted has sold out! 

Tender and True   - 500 Seeds - £1.50^ - Johnsons - Sow By 2025
Gladiator F1         - 200 Seeds - £1.50^ - Wilko       - Sow By Dec 2026
Student                - 400 Seeds -      75p^ - Wilko       - Sow By Dec 2026
Student                - 400 Seeds -      75p^ - Wilko       - Sow By Dec 2026

                                           Sow                            Harvest
Tender and True     Mid Feb - End May            Oct - Mid Feb 
Gladiator F1           Mid Feb - End May            Oct - Mid Feb 
Student                  Mid Feb - End May            Oct - Mid Feb 

Traditional sowing thinly in rows 400mm apart and cover with 13mm of fine soil firm gently and keep moist.

Germination seedlings appear 14 - 32 days 

Protect early sowings with cloches if soil is cold and wet

leave roots in the ground as flavour is improved by frost. leave remaining roots in February and store undamaged roots in sand in a dry frost-free area or process and freeze.    

I'm going to try chitting and growing in kitchen towel & loo rolls early as well as direct sowing in 2023. 

What Varieties do you grow and had the most success with?

When do you sow your Parsnips?

Do you chit the seeds or Sow Direct?

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