[NAFEX] OT parsnips
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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