Parsnips have a very distinctive taste and can sometimes be mistaken for carrots. They are a vegetable that grows well in northern regions because the frost helps them develop sweet roots. However, they do need a long growing season.
How Do I Grow Parsnips?
Directly sow your parsnip seeds into their containers, at 1/2" deep, once soil is workable. Keep the seeds well watered (top water) until they germinate roughly 3-4 weeks later. When the seeds have germinated thin them out to 2-3 inches apart.
Make sure to weed your container regularly and don’t plant in the same spot as other onion family members.
Once the weather turns, it is a good idea to mulch your garden to keep the soil from freezing too quickly.
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Parsnips can be harvested in autumn by pulling the roots up. When late winter and hard frosts begin, cover their crown with a thick layer of straw mulch and mark where they are in the container. They will keep better in the ground than in the fridge, just leave them in your garden. When you're ready to eat them dig through the straw and pull up what you need.
Parsnips can be stored for three weeks in the fridge or in damp sand in a frost free location.
Preparing and using
Parsnips are a great veggie to add to your cooking throughout the fall and winter. They do really well in stews, or roasted! The perfect addition to any hearty fall inspired dish.
Helpful Tips and Tricks
Tea compost can help promote faster growth. Try mixing radish seeds with parsnips seeds for a fun surprise in the garden.