[NAFEX] OT parsnips

Bill Russell shaman at pennswoods.net
Sat Nov 24 10:56:02 EST 2007

If you want to grow great parsnips in heavy clay soils, pound a sturdy metal rod about a foot deep into the soil. Then turn it in a circle to make a funnel shaped hole. Pull out the rod, clean out the loose clay, fill the hole with compost and plant your parsnip seed in the top.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Donna &/or Kieran 
  To: North American Fruit Explorers 
  Sent: Saturday, November 24, 2007 8:23 AM
  Subject: Re: [NAFEX] OT parsnips

  We grow parsnips in our heavy clay, and they do fine.  Supposedly hitting 
  rocks or gravelly bits can turn the roots, but you can't find a rock to 
  throw at a dog in our garden.  Is there a hardpan or a change in texture in 
  the soil in your garden?  Do you plow or till it just to a certain depth 
  every year?  The mass of roots is odd too, ours never do much splitting, 
  much less looking like Medusa.  They do say to use only compost or old 
  manure on parsnips and carrots.  Hope this helps.   Donna 

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