Horticultural aide memoire No. 9: Sow parsnips
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.