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Parsnips problem

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 15:59

Its never wise to try grow root veg in pots as they do not like their roots disturbed at all. I grew my parsnips in a similar way to yours last year apart from the sowing of the seed in the pots.

I did the same process of creating a nice deep hole in the ground and filling it with a mix of sieved compost, top soil and mix of high phosphorus feed.

What I did differently then was that I chitted the parsnip seed in a plastic tub on damp blotting paper. When the seed started to germinate I carefully pricked them out with tweezers and sowed them 1cm down in the prepared areas.

I ended up with monster parsnips one that had a diameter of 25cm and a length of just short of 30cm before the thin end of the root.

I also found chitting them resulted in a higher rate of success on the plot as a whole and have done the same this year with approx. 90% success in growth again

Strawberry and Raspberry together

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 16:22

I've grown raspberries within 3 feet of strawberries for years and have had great crops from both. I even got 15kg of strawberries from my ever bearer plants last season!

Brussel Sprout growing

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 18:00

Thanks for the info think I'll invest in a cage. I'm a rarity that loves sprouts!

Brussel Sprout growing

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 09:51

Can I ask about cabbage white butterflies. I've tried the squish method but the more I squish the more there seems to occur and is turning me into a genocidal maniac. Ive tried covering in netting and still somehow they're getting through decimating the crop. Ive even seen them marching along the soil towards them!

Any ideas on how to avoid these pesky blighters without resorting to pesticides?

Saffron crocus

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 15:47

Its mostly down to two things depth of planting and when they were planted.

Saffron crocus require a deeper depth than the standard crocus if you are going to succeed with producing any flowers they need to be planted a good 6 inches deep. 

Also they need time to establish in the ground before putting out flowers. Planting in autumn normally results in no flowers that year but you should get some the flowing year.


Posted: 23/06/2014 at 21:20

I have them in a 4ltr pot you can fit a few in one pot and they're growing very vigorously, already have a fair few cucus forming now. 

Crop rotation

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 13:31

If the garlic has no visible signs pest / disease then I don't see why you cant get away with it this once. Although the soil would require some additional nutrients added as the garlic would have taken these and they both require similar quantities / types seeing as they're the same family.

Ultimately though it is advisable to rotate due to what you have stated and to avoid soil exhaustion. 


Posted: 12/06/2014 at 11:14

Hi Vjwuk,

Mine aren't supposed to be showing their bulbs either, I think its a combo of birds pulling them up in early planting and heavy rain washing the soil away a bit. however they have developed well from what i can gather at present. I've concluded these are of the soft neck variety.


Posted: 11/06/2014 at 11:21

Well I'm not sure whether I have hard or soft as I made a rookie error back in October and disposed of the packaging and forgot to write the variety down in my journal. However I've taken a photo to show, I think I should lift? 



Mangetout and sugarsnap

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 20:34
Don't nip the tips out just be patient they'll come. I have a 6m row of mange tout sow successionally since beginning of feb and the first 30 plants are producing pods now I had a good staggering of plants over weeks from feb to end of April and all are growing steady and should all crop well.
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