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Old Tuesday 11th November 2014, 22:08
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Parsnips

Hi all, i am new to growing on an allotment. I have been told that should not pick my parsnips until just before xmas but out of the blue all the leaves and stalks have collapsed and don't know what to do
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Old Tuesday 11th November 2014, 22:16
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Parsnips are ready to harvest after 4 months from planting, so if yours have been growing for that length of time, they should be ready to dig up. Some people just dig up what they need as and when and leave the crop in the ground over winter as a kind of storage.
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Old Wednesday 12th November 2014, 11:41
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Hi, see this link:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-y...arsnips?type=v

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Old Wednesday 12th November 2014, 19:50
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Thank you for your help
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Old Wednesday 12th November 2014, 22:19
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You are very welcome Markjd.

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Old Thursday 13th November 2014, 13:00
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The idea is that Parsnip taste better after they have been frosted. We leave ours in the ground and dig as needed until later winter. They need to be dug up before they begin to re-grow in Spring, otherwise they develop a hard central core.
If you do not get frost then you can dig them up and put them in the Freezer for a few days, that has the same effect as frost on them.
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Old Saturday 15th November 2014, 20:19
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I rotavated all my ground last year as have shoulder issue, still have a problem with the ground, i have a thick top part down 4 inches then grows no deaper, think might be construction of the soil/clay ground
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Old Saturday 15th November 2014, 20:51
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In that case try preparing the soil by inserting a round piece of wood or metal (an old spade handle for instance) about 18" deep into the soil and waggling it about in either a clockwise or anti clockwise direction so that it produces a funnel shaped hole about 5"-6" wide at the top. Fill with sieved soil or John Innes No1 potting compost and sow 3 seeds into each position. When you can see the seedlings growing strongly, carefully remove the 2 weakest seedlings to leave 1 in each position. Hopefully the shape of the hole will encourage the roots to develop into a typical parsnip shape. Check the best varieties to use by looking on the RHS web page I linked in a previous post.


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Old Saturday 15th November 2014, 22:05
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wow brilliant didn't think of that thank you will use for my carrots next year as have simular issue, thank you
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