Parsnip Seeds

Growing suggestions for parsnip seeds

Unless you want a really early harvest, we recommend waiting until the soil has warmed up in late April or even early May to sow seeds. They are very slow to germinate and the extra warmth can really help. Sow three parsnip seeds every 15cm in rows 30cm apart, and thin to one plant per station. Pay particular attention to weeds during the early stages and you will get a fine crop.

Parsnip growing calendar

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Crop History

Parsnips have been around Eurasia in a wild form since ancient times. Cultivated by the Romans, used as a sweetener before sugar was around, it has still many uses today and it can stay in the ground throughout the winter. It turns remarkably sweet after the first frosts.

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