Growing Parsnips

Parsnips are a sweet root vegetable used in a variety of culinary methods. Grated raw into salads, roasted, boiled, or blended for soup are all common ways to use these root veg. Parsnips are abundant in nutrients and antioxidants and are known as a good source of fiber. They are also said to aid in weight loss and support immune function. There is no doubt that parsnips take a while to grow, but are relatively easy and add a great nutritional option for the winter months.

  • Direct sow parsnip seeds from April to June or once the last frost has passed.

  • Choose a weed free, sunny position in fertile, light, well drained soil.

  • Sow the seeds 1/2 inch deep in rows spaced 18 inches apart.

  • Germination should take between 14-25 days depending on the weather conditions

  • Once seedlings are around ½ inch, thin out leaving one seedling 15cm (6in) apart.

  • Keep the soil weed free, hand weeding close to the roots to avoid damage

  • They can be left in the soil and lifted as required, although lifting a few extra in November will ensure you still have parsnips to eat even if the soil is frozen. Lightly frosted roots tend to produce the best flavour.

Organic mulch can help to retain moisture during hot weather and also provide nutrients throughout the season


Please Note…. We have tested our seeds for germination and are confident in the quality of our product. We cannot however guarantee germination due to too many variables, although following the steps above will greatly improve your chances. On a final note, we advise putting netting over your flowerbed to avoid the birds and other animals from stealing your seeds. Happy Growing!


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