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    Default How long will parsnips stay in the ground?

    Hi all ,just wondering how long i can leave my parsnips in the ground hence the title to the thread.
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    Till you dig 'em up!
    Seriously, they can stand for ages - they are better after a frost, so they say. I've had a couple of mine but I hope to eat them with Christmas dinner. ( and beyond!)
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    The only reason to dig them up is to use them! We do take a few out early if it looks like we are going to get a few weeks of hard frost.
    By the way if you do not get frosts then to get the sweetening effect, blanch the roots and store in the freezer for a few days, works a treat.

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    Like the other replies - leave in the ground until you need them! Parsnips, leeks and sprouts all improve if left in the ground until after a frost, and can be left until you need them. Enjoy!.

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    I was wondering the same thing with carrots. Mine went in very very late - but can I leave them in the ground right up until Christmas? Surely not?
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    Carrots should be OK too Wayne. The only problems are likely to be slugs eating the roots, or frost making the ground too hard to lift the crop when you want it. Frozen ground can be sorted (to some extent) by covering with a thick mulch when hard frost is forecast, but I must say it takes a really hard frost to make the ground that solid.

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    Leave them til you want them Muckman. They just get bigger and bigger.

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    Our parsnips were getting very tall, the green growth that is, so we pulled them and had some monsters! Quite a few had aphids on the top but only 2 roots were really damaged. I think we'll plant them a little later next year.
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