You might have some experience raising root crops like carrots and beets so why not try your hand in raising parsnips this spring? If you love the sweet taste of parsnips you will surely benefit from having one in your own backyard. However, before you do start planting parsnip seeds in your garden bed, you need to know a few things first. Parsnips thrive well in open and well lit places. Although they are best planted in light soil they will still grow in heavy soil. If you want to get the best results, make sure that you prepare your soil during autumn.
- When planting parsnips make sure that you plant four seeds at least in a 2 cm of soil. These seeds germinate slowly. Thin your seedlings leaving about 6 to 8 inches in between. The size of the space depends mostly on the size of the roots your parsnips will have.
- Make sure that you tend your seedlings as they grow. This means removing those pesky weeds and watering your vegetable garden during dry spells. This will prevent the roots of your parsnips from breaking to yield the best crops you have in your vegetable garden.
- Fertilize your parsnips just like the way you do with your carrots. This will help you in producing healthy and flavorful parsnips.
- If you want to taste the full flavour of parsnips try waiting after the first frost arrives. Parsnips can be harvested at the end of the summer but you can wait longer without worrying about your crops since parsnips do well under the soil.
- It usually takes parsnips 120 to 180 days before they can be harvested. Once their leaves reach three feet your crops are ready for harvesting or you can keep them until you need them. You can store them after harvesting by keeping them in a room where the temperature is set at 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
- The parsnips that you will be leaving behind can be covered by an inch thick of soil to preserve the warmth during the frost. Once the frost has thawed you can gather your parsnips for a sweeter yield.
If you want to be successful in growing parsnips make sure that you use a fresh packet of parsnip seeds. Also, you should know the common pests that can damage your crops and how to protect them against such problems like adding cover on the top soil.