Thursday 12 November 2020

In My Seed Box for 2021 - 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, So I'm looking forward to repeating the success of 2016 & 2017 and have a fill 2.4m x 1.2m beds worth in 2021 that's 105/ 6 varieties = so that's 17 to 18 per variety if they all germinate.

Student Parsnip   - 200 Seeds - Mag    - Mr Fothergill's - Sow By 2021 
Palace F1             - 200 Seeds - £2.45 - Mr Fothergill's - Sow By 2021
Tender and True   - 350 Seeds - £2.09 - Johnsons - Seeds By 2022
White Gem           - 300 Seeds - £1.00 - Wilko               - Sow By 2022
New! Picador F1  - 200 Seeds - £2.10 - Mr Fothergill's - Sow by Dec 2023
New! TZ 9045 F1 - 200 Seeds - £1.99 - D.T.Brown - Sow By Dec 2022

New! Picador F1 - A remarkably vigorous variety producing high quality, smooth white roots that are long in length. This hybrid is exceptionally clean and high yielding. Resistant to canker and has an excellent flavour. Winner of an RHS Award of Garden Merit.

New!  Parsnip TZ9045 F1 - This exclusive new variety from D.T.Brown has caused quite a stir with their friends from the NVS (National Vegetable Society). It has the cleanest, whitest skin of any parsnip currently available and stays white even on the showbench - highly recommended by renowned parsnip grower Jim Pearson. With a harvest period of almost six months, this exclusive parsnip yields long, well-filled roots with a superbly sweet flavour.  Similar in shape to the renowned Gladiator F1, it's resistance to canker too.

I'm going to try chitting and growing in kitchen towel & loo rolls early as well as direct sowing in 2021, I'm looking to fill a 2.4x1.2m Bed with just Parsnips if I can. 

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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