Variety: Tender and True (RSC)
Sown direct: 30th Match 2014
First Seedling: 27th April 2014 (approx)
Germination: 4 weeks
Germination ratio: N/A
We love parsnips in our house and were really disappointed with the very poor germination and subsequent low yield we got last year which was due, I believe, to the prolonged cold weather. I always buy new parsnip seed each year, as it doesn’t keep very well from season to season. This year I’ve sown a different variety into a bed that was covered with a blanket of cardboard for several weeks prior to sowing, to help keep the soil reasonably warm.
In stark contrast to 2013, this year we have had a spell of lovely warm weather with just the odd cold day, since the seeds were sown and we now have three rows of tiny seedlings. As is my habit, I have sown more seed into a couple of significant gaps in the rows and I hope we will have another successful harvest come the autumn.
17th May: The are dozens of little parsnips now showing their heads.
1st June: Even after thinning this bed out, there are still around 80 parsnips growing in it. I will need to take some more out but only a few.
24th June: In stark contrast to last year, the parsnips are doing brilliantly at the moment.