Hor­ti­cul­tural aide mem­oire No. 9: Sow parsnips

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden - SCD

Ah, the parsnip, a veg­etable loved only by this na­tion. As last year’s crop is ex­hausted, this year’s must be sown. Use ground that hasn’t been ma­nured. When con­di­tions per­mit, pre­pare a level seedbed by fork­ing, tread­ing and rak­ing. Set a tight line and take out a shal­low drill, per­haps us­ing the base of a bam­boo cane, and sow the large, flat seeds along it in­di­vid­u­ally a cou­ple of inches apart. They are slow to ger­mi­nate and some like to mix in a catch crop of radishes to build con­fi­dence. Cover the seeds care­fully with the back of a rake.

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