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Growing Parsnips in Ireland.


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Blowin
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a clue, I'm afraid. You're into the 'clever stuff' now, which is where I get out of my depth.

As for your child problem, Corkgardener, you may like to consider wire netting 'cloches' to keep him off your parsnips. Hopefully, I can find a pic to attach.



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wire is an idea alright
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tippben - Just a thought on your last post. I've said elsewhere that I save seed where possible but, to be on the safe side, always buy just one packet in my annual order. If I try out a new variety, I usually keep them apart from the saved seeds so that I can monitor their performance but, almost without exception, I get a much better crop from the saved seed than the new ones.

I'm just wondering whether we're gradually finding out what does best in our plots and the successes are telling their own story. This year I bought a new strain of runner beans and planted three twelve compartment trays with them but was devastated when the three trays produced one, three and four plants, i.e. eight out of 36. All three were filled with the same compost and were given water via the tray they stood in, so all were treated alike. I then had to drag out my cloth bag of last year's seed, re-sowed a couple of large open trays and the lot came up strong and healthy. It's a bit 'chicken and egg' but is there a moral here?

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