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    I grow parsnip because its stupidly expensive to buy over here. Year before last I had loads of large parsnips - even froze some. Last year I had a whole row but they just didn't grow well - had mini parsnips which were tasty for about 4 servings. Might try your plank method - nothing ventured- nothing gained.

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    Tried the dibber with old potting compost method 2013 had some crackers.used it last year 3 germinated so going back to traditional drill drawn out, base watered then sowed and covered.
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    I use the end of a broom handle to make cone shaped deep holes in my raised beds, then filled with a general compost, then watered so that the compost sinks down and leaves indents the depth of where the seed should be planted (top up with more compost + water again if necessary). Then I sow a very generous pinch of seeds then cover with the remaining compost and a bit of soil. Keep the soil damp until germinatation has taken place. I've had great germination rates this way 2 years running and ended up with nice shaped parsnips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cazp View Post
    Then I sow a very generous pinch of seeds
    I think it worth sowing "sparsely" to make thinning out easier. I've accidentally left a pair of seedlings, having not spotted that there were two, and wound up with deadly-embrace spiral of a root!

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    50 shady Parsnips?
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    I don't think parsnips are hard to germinate, they just take ages and it can be easy to forget about them or accidently weed them out. Also if you sow when the ground is too cold they'll take even longer. Bi sow direct with 3 or 4 seeds at the spacing I want then thin when they've germinated. I use the space in between for radish which have been harvested well before the parsnips need the space and the catch crop marks the row too.
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    Is it best to grow Parsnip in seed trays first and then transplant them out once the frosts have gone? Or just plant them straight in the soil. Just I have seen some people say, start them indoors first and then watched videos of people saying just sow them straight out into the garden in early May. Thoughts?

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