Most mornings during spring and summer, I wonder down to the vegetable patch to check on my seedlings and plants. I peer into the raised beds through the netting, glance around at the normal beds and the planters and then open up the greenhouses, checking that all is well. One morning earlier this week, as I surveyed my newly emerged seedlings through the netting on the raised beds, I realised that whilst there were a goodly number of lettuce, carrots, beetroots and parsnips through, there were still some gaps in the rows where germination had not occurred.
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.