[NAFEX] OT parsnips
arboretum at homeorchardsociety.org
Wed Nov 21 14:18:02 EST 2007
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
oregon city, OR - zone 8a and wet
On Nov 21, 2007, at 8:20 AM, William C. Garthright wrote:
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?
Um,... aliens? :-)
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
heavy clay soil that hadn't been worked before, and it turned into a
brick in our hot, dry summer. How is your soil there? If it's too hard,
the root might have trouble forming a nice round shape, and just expand
where it finds cracks and crevices.
Just an idea. I've never grown parsnips myself.
In science, 'fact' can only mean 'confirmed to such a degree that it
would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.' I suppose that apples
might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal
time in physics classrooms. - Stephen Jay Gould
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