Posted: 13/07/2013 at 13:10
Last year I let my previous years parsnips flower and collected the seed. The plants are gorgeous and well worth putting in the back of the border. They are yellow umbels, on a very pretty foliage. Well worth giving them the space.
Having got half a pint of seed I laid down a generous row in the spring and thined them out.
I took no care in pulling up the spares. I was interested to test the myth (as it turned out) we are all told, that parsnips hate to be disturbed. I plonked a dozen of the thinnings into some cleared soil and left them to it, watering for a couple of days when they were in bright sunlight. They are all doing well and are as happy as the original row of plants. I now wish I had done the rest.
I am in France, in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Wehave had an abysmally wet spring until the end of June. So this process may not work for me another year without heavy intervention.