- Position: full sun or part shade
- Soil: humus-rich, moisture retentive soil
A top-quality parsnip, reliable and trouble-free. The long, slender roots are an elegant pale cream colour with consistently smooth, blemish-free skin: this variety is resistant to canker and generally very healthy. Plants are quick to mature and produce a useable crop very early in the season with a rich, sweet and earthy flavour.
- Growing Instructions: Parsnips need a long season to grow well and do best started early in the year. They also dislike being transplanted, so sow direct into shallow drills and thin seedlings to 15cm apart, or pop two or three seeds in at 15cm intervals, nipping out all but the strongest once seedlings appear. Crops are ready from autumn onwards. The flavour of parsnips improves once they have experienced sub-zero temperatures, so wait till the first frost before harvesting and you'll have sweeter roots to eat.
- Sow: February to May
- Harvest: September to March
- Approximate quantity: 500 seeds
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Q:When do I plant potatoes and other veg?
When is the best time to plants potatoes? Also can you advise me what veg I could grow now until March with poly tunnels?Asked on 10/4/2006 by Bets Ingram
A:You can start chitting your early and maincrop seed potatoes in February, but the best time to plant is in early to mid spring. As for growing vegetables in your polytunnels, you have lots of options. Spinach, kale, and some varieties of lettuce will live through the winter in a polytunnel. Certain kinds of onion work well from an autumn sowing, and you'll get a much earlier crop than if you'd waited until spring. Other possibilities are cabbage, Pak Choy, Chinese cabbage, and most root crops. Leeks, beets, carrots, turnips, parsnips and radishes, can be sown for winter harvestAnswered on 10/5/2006 by Crocus
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