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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 4:33 pm    Post subject: Too late to plant Parsnips from seed? Reply with quote

Am i too late to plant Parsnips from seed or will they be too small by harvesting time.??

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely not too late. I sowed them at this time last year and had a great crop; some of them were nearly two feet long. Get 'em in!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
No it is not too late--parsnip seeds can be troublesome to germinate as i find they need a higher temperature for germination----lets hope this summer is not like last years!!!Last year when we had the warm weather in April i sowed parsnip and had a wonderful crop right through till Jan this year.Good luck
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sean Ph'lib wrote:
Definitely not too late. I sowed them at this time last year and had a great crop; some of them were nearly two feet long. Get 'em in!


Jesus what was you growing them with Shocked We could bottle that stuff and make a fortune Wink

Thanks all
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing actually - just grew them in very fertile, very deeply dug ground, which has been getting regular, generous additions of garden compost and leaf-mould for the past fifteen years! Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:02 pm    Post subject: parsnips as long as a hard winter Reply with quote

Don't mind him Sweetpea! SeánPh'lib lives in the Kingdom They have more deep soil in the valleys than they have mountainy fields (See Ballyvaughan). He's not giving us half the story. Seriously though! I once saw a parsnip intentionally grown in a length of drainpipe and saved without breaking the tap-root.. Measured nearer four feet.

EDIT: Forget 2ft parsnips. I've just looked in the oracle. I can't BELIEVE there are guys out there making these records. These hafta be joke entries.

Longest parsnip: Richard Hope (UK) 520.7 cm (17ft 1in), 2003
Longest carrot: Joe Atherton (UK) 5.84 m (19ft 2in), 2007
Longest runner bean: Harry Hurley (USA) 1m30 cm (4ft 3in), 1997
Longest cucumber: Alfred J. Cobb (UK) 89.2 cm (35.1in), 2006

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:55 pm    Post subject: Re: parsnips as long as a hard winter Reply with quote

[quote="walltoall"]Don't mind him Sweetpea! SeánPh'lib lives in the Kingdom. Have oo never heard of Kerrymen? They have more bullshit down there than mountainy fields. He's not giving us half the story. He'll tell us next he shot the seed at the hill opposite from a 12bore to make sure it went in deep enough. Ha! Ha! Ha!

I see you're one of the type that laughs at his own jokes. If you want a really good one, go and take a look at Ballyvaughan. Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Watch the language please. I'd hate to see a national schoolkid blushing as he googles for "plant Parsnips from seed".
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 8:47 am    Post subject: parsnips as long as a soft winter Reply with quote

No offence meant or taken Seán. Sorry Verge. You are right of course and I've amended my ways. For my penance I'll scrape another bit of limestone rock off the face of Ballyvaughan. Embarassed (Very embarrassed)
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fair play lads. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To err is human....etc. All's well that ends well. Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last year i grew loads of spuds in ground which had been grass since the year dot, different varieties and what the wire worm didnt chew up the blight got and i dont really see the point of growing something which may have been doused in as much chemicals as the shop stuff.

So i want to plant the same ground with my Parsnips.

Questions........

Will the wire worm nibble me Parsnips??

What else is gonna wreck me Parsnips??

Will i have to watch out for any other disease as bad as blight which will make me Parsnips a waste of time??
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wire worms not partial to parsnips even if sown at this time. blight does not attack parsnips but carrot fly does, though it seldom wipes them out completely, parsnip seed is short lived so make sure the seed is fresh, see date on packet. there are small varieties (eg Avonresister) which are resistant to rust and bigger varieties which are very susceptible to rust.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Michael that is just the encouragment i need.

The carrot fly on Parsnips.......what defences or precautions should i use??

I will say that last year i grew many carrots and had no problem with carrot fly or any real pests really apart from blight and wireworm.........could this be because it is shall we say a virgin site and there are no more gardens around me or veg growing nearby.??
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