How to Grow:
Parsnips can be planted outdoors 2-4 weeks before your last spring frost and again approximately 12 weeks before your first fall frost. Parsnips can be continued to plant over the summer, but they don’t much care for temperatures over 90F (32C) and will not do well fin these conditions. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.
Parsnips can grow to be almost 3 feet tall! Space out your plants at least 9 per square foot. Parsnips will require full sun to part shade. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Plant your seeds 1/2 inches deep. Once planted, it will take approximately 7-21 days to sprout. Keep covered with burlap and well-watered during germination to increase your chances of sprouting. Must have consistent moisture until maturity. Reduce to prevent cracking once mature.
Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Parsnips are great companion plants because they attract predatory insects which help to protect itself and other plants around it. They are especially good at repelling fruit flies which makes this very beneficial for fruit trees and bushes.
Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common ones for pole beans:
- Carrot Rust Fly
- Flea Beetles
- Groundhogs (Woodchucks)
- Leaf Miners
- Root Maggots
- Voles (Field Mice)
Parsnips will be ready to harvest in approximately 95-120 days. Parsnips are very similar to carrots in which they’ll be sweeter and more tender when you pick them early. They also sweeten up in the fall as it turns colder.
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