[Market-farming] parsnips

Beth Spaugh lists at rhomestead.com
Tue Oct 13 14:51:09 EDT 2009

The last two years I haven’t planted them, in very northern New York, until
late July. Not by purpose, but that is what has happened (lost the seeds
this year and finally reordered very late). Last spring when we went to dig
them we had decent sized (not huge, but very usable, some 1 ½” diameter).
Right now the plants are about 18” tall from this year’s very late planting.
Will be interesting to see what they are like come spring. 


Beth Spaugh

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When's the latest that folks start parsnips?

The latest I've done is June 15, when I lived in Missouri; that gave them
120 days before first frost October 15.  But with parsnips' super
cold-hardiness, I'm thinking I might be able to plant as late as July 15,
and still have them size up in time by December.

Usually I've planted them earlier, to get them out of the way before all the
warm-season crops go in.  But an advantage with planting them later would be
that they germinate faster in warm weather, and also not having to take care
of the crop for a few extra months. There's that labor lull in early July
between the main summer planting and waiting for the big summer harvests to
start, and it might make sense to put in a crop then.

Ken Bezilla
Acorn Community Farm
central VA


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