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I am pleased to report my Basil and Parsnip seed


are germinating in the kitchen. I strongly object to paying
£1.80 a lb for Parsnips in supermarkets. If you have a corner of land, use it to grow some at home.
Will leave them alone for a couple of weeks, then place outside to get the rainwater and harden off ready to
carefully transplant into the garden in April.

Will next sow my Tomato Seed in a shallow pot, same way
with the polythene cover to keep it damp.
We have had a mild winter. A good idea to think about it
when sowing seeds to get them growing firmly before

Am using Levington Multipurpose compost which includes
John Innes, sieved to remove the thick bits.

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Didn't realise you could successfully transplant parsnips Diane.

1 Mar, 2016


I love parsnips but they are a long season crop.

1 Mar, 2016


Years ago I knew an allotment steward who always sowed his Parsnips in mid-summer !

How I will do it Stera, is with tender, loving care. When it has rained, and the ground is damp. They say you cant
transplant Beetroot seedlings or they will bolt, but I have done it successfully. A nice little lump of soil round each
seedling, and they never know they were anywhere else.

2 Mar, 2016


That's exactly what I do Dianebulley. It also works for carrots and beets. I use a table spoon to gently lift up the seedling with a ball off soil surrounding it, then transplant the whole thing into a new hole.

2 Mar, 2016


I might have ago a parsnips in our veggie plot this year. I quite enjoy a nice fresh parsnip with the Sunday Roast -I like to bake them in the oven covered in a little honey and sesame seeds... Delicious... ;o)

2 Mar, 2016


If you plant them now, they should be ready to harvest by January. A couple frosts are required to make them sweet & delicious.

2 Mar, 2016


I do love buttered roast parsnips - maybe will give it a go this year then!

2 Mar, 2016

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