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Parsnips were sown on the allotment several weeks ago, I made a hole filled it with compost then planted two seeds in each station. It's difficult now, to know if they've germinated because of all the tiny weeds growing in the compost.
Was thinking of digging the area over and trying again but this time putting a jam jar over the seeds so at least the spot where they were planted is marked or is it too late to sow parsnips....
The difficulty is parsnip seedlings look like annual weed seedlings...
When I sowed mine Zoomer I actually let all the seedlings grow, just in the area where I had sown the parsnips - except of course for obvious weeds like chickweed and the dreaded Marestail - when I knew for certain which ones were the parsnips I then weeded the rest, the parsnips were in rows so it was fairly easy to tell. I did the same with the Beetroot and carrot too which were on the same patch.
I was wondering whether to try some more parsnips and carrots though, I don't think it's too late and not many of mine germinated so was going to sow more between the existing rows (there is just enough room). We will just get later veg that's all but the way things are growing now they may even catch up. Also, I think I was early sowing mine anyway which is possibly why they didn't germinate very well.
I would say it's too late for parsnips, ideally sown in March and April. They can take up to a month to germinate.
Carrots will be okay sown now, mine are Chantenay so won't grow large, only seedlings at the minute.
I'll leave the parsnips then and just put some carrots in, thanks KEF
Think I'll also leave the parsnips a while longer, I've nothing big enough ready to go out yet. They were dated so will check when sown.
I resowed parsnips earlier this week. It's not too late, you'll just have to harvest them smaller or a lot later.
Can't argue Dave only grown a few times but only time I had decent ones was when they were sown late March. Did taste good
I suppose if I want mine for Christmas it will be ok? I might try anyway I have some spare seed so nothing to lose really.
No I didn't Rebecca because I'd already sown the parsnips, but I don't see why it wouldn't work and will be trying it next year
Forgive me, but I sometimes wonder just where some of these ideas come from. Believe me. No offence intended. Just from my aspect. Most of my horticultural experience was gained, by watching and learning. On the plot. Dad and i would have dug over the ground. Decided where what was to be sown. Out came the line and markers. A quick gentle rake over. A few drills, [furrows. according to the fab, Monty] Then a sprinkling of seed, direct into the ground. Gentle bak of rake application. Job done. This would be around March. In time growth would appear. When large enought to grab hold of. We would thin out the seedlings, the leave them to grow on. In the case of parsnips. We would never eventhink about harvesting until a good frost had hit the land.
It's also a good way of making use of the space between rows when not needed as the radishes are harvested well before the parsnips need that growing space. A good idea when space is premium
Hi Mike by the way, hope you're ok x