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    Maybe this is a silly question, but because they grow so slowly, can I plant parsnips between my normally spaced rows of carrots in my raised bed?

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    In lieu of a more experienced and informed answer I'd say why not try it out and see - everything is unknown until the first time it's done
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    Like JL said have a go and see what happens. My only thought is whether pulling the carrots would disturb the parsnip roots and make them fork...............................
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    Well, they won't be as close as the radishes are when they are used as row markers.
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    I wonder would the smell of the carrots being pulled attract the carrot fly to the parsnip,I don't know? Dwarf peas grow well with carrots underneath so parsnip & peas would work,the pea vines can die down into the carrots,supplying the compost with a little nitrogen...
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    As long as the carrots are not late season, it shouldn't be a problem.
    If the carrots are late or left in over winter, there could be a problem with pulling/extracting one and possibly breaking roots of the other.
    Really depends on the soil in your raised bed.
    Feed the soil, not the plants.
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    I grew a row of carrots next to parsnips in a raised bed last year (under net to deter carrot fly). The parsnips quickly grew thick foliage which completely smothered not only the carrots, but also the cabbages and kohlrabi grown the other side. I harvested only 2 small carrots from a whole row.

    Parsnips may stay in the ground a long time, but once they get going they produce a lot of very long, dense foliage, so I think you would struggle to do what you are proposing tbh. You'd need to net them as parsnips can get carrot fly and pulling carrots will attract it.
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    Personally i would not,as has been said,also they will be in to much competition with the snips for water and nutrients,and the snips will win.
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