[NAFEX] OT parsnips

Karen Tillou arboretum at homeorchardsociety.org
Thu Nov 22 12:29:50 EST 2007


wow.  maybe lon hit it on the head with his excess nitrogen comment.
karen


On Nov 21, 2007, at 11:48 AM, Naomi wrote:

> The soil in my garden is sandy loamy.  It is highly enriched with  
> chicken, goat and donkey manure. Carrots in the same row have  
> formed good straight roots. The turnips in the row are well shaped  
> if a bit enormous.
>
> Naomi
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> From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:nafex- 
> bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Karen Tillou
> Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 12:18 PM
> To: North American Fruit Explorers
> Subject: [NAFEX] OT parsnips
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> that's been my experience too - commercial root crops, esp. long  
> ones like parsnips and carrots, are generally grown in VERY sandy  
> soils, where the roots stay perfect shape, and heavy amounts of  
> water and fertilizers need to be added, as the sand doesn't hold on  
> to nutrients the way heavier, clay soils do. try doing some double  
> digging, using a broadfork to break the soils up deep down next  
> spring, and adding lots of organic matter (every year...) to get  
> and keep your soils light enough to grow less-alien roots. the  
> deeper and fluffier you can get your soil, the better you'll do.  
> don't hurt your back.
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>
> karen tillou
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> oregon city, OR - zone 8a and wet
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> On Nov 21, 2007, at 8:20 AM, William C. Garthright wrote:
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> I am just digging up my first parsnip crop. It looks more like  
> science fiction than it does like a store parsnip. There is a very  
> broad (8 or 9 inch) crown which is maybe 5 inches deep and then  
> disintegrates into a twisted mass of roots suitable for late night  
> TV SciFi movies. What happened?
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> Um,... aliens? :-)
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> Sorry, I couldn't resist. I don't know, but I planted carrots this  
> year
>
> (carrots! what was I thinking?) that ended up that way. But this  
> was in
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> heavy clay soil that hadn't been worked before, and it turned into a
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> brick in our hot, dry summer. How is your soil there? If it's too  
> hard,
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> the root might have trouble forming a nice round shape, and just  
> expand
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> where it finds cracks and crevices.
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> Just an idea. I've never grown parsnips myself.
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> Bill
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> --
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> In science, 'fact' can only mean 'confirmed to such a degree that it
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> would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.' I suppose that  
> apples
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> might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal
>
> time in physics classrooms. - Stephen Jay Gould
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