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Kleftiwallah

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Last year's parsnips.
« on: April 09, 2017, 12:44 »

I have 4 parsnips emerging and looking strong.  I'll deviate the lines of carrot around them. 

That's Christmas roast veggies sorted.

Cheers,  Tony
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Re: Last year's parsnips.
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2017, 15:33 »
If they're last years you'll probably find they go to seed as that's what they do, produce seed heads in their second year, sorry to disappoint you. Unless you mean they are last years seeds that you've sown this year of course
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Re: Last year's parsnips.
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2017, 19:33 »
put parsnip seeds on damp kitchen roll and cover. Check every day for signs of sprouting and plant the ones which have.

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Re: Last year's parsnips.
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2017, 19:38 »
I agree with snowdrops.  They won't be edible for Christmas; they'll already be going very woody as the plant prepares to make seeds rather than keep its root in good condition.

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Re: Last year's parsnips.
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2017, 09:30 »
If you let them flower you can collect your own seed.

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Re: Last year's parsnips.
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2017, 14:38 »
Yup, if they are last years parsnips, they'll be regrowing ready to go to seed. If you dig them up now, they'll have a woody centre which you can cut out but the rest of it will be edible.

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Re: Last year's parsnips.
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2017, 17:08 »
So my question is..... Can i just harvest the seed from last year's parsnips and put them straight into the ground? Surely this is what nature does?  Or will it be too late in the season by the time the seed has come ripe?

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Re: Last year's parsnips.
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2017, 18:19 »
Trouble is that nature's priority is to reproduce its plants rather than provide you with food - the parsnip seeds would no doubt germinate, but too late for the plants to produce edible roots this year.

Next year, they would just run to seed again.
Sow your seeds, plant your plants, and plonk your potatoes in the soil.

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Kleftiwallah

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Re: Last year's parsnips.
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2017, 12:45 »

Thanks for all those informative answers,  :) I'll try and save seed from them. 

Cheers,  Tony.

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Re: Last year's parsnips.
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2017, 01:29 »
And if they go to seed they grow exceptionally fast. The stems then can exude rather nasty sap. 2 weeks of antibiotics and an antihistamine injection into my rear end was a nasty testament when pulling up overgrown parsnip.
Just a bit of a warning

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Re: Last year's parsnips.
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2017, 09:23 »
And if they go to seed they grow exceptionally fast. The stems then can exude rather nasty sap. 2 weeks of antibiotics and an antihistamine injection into my rear end was a nasty testament when pulling up overgrown parsnip.
Just a bit of a warning

Thank you I didn't know that!🙁 Another thing for me to react too

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Re: Last year's parsnips.
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2017, 20:05 »

Parsnip update, some nice looking seed heads forming.

Cheers,  Tony. :blush:

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Re: Last year's parsnips.
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2017, 13:36 »
Last year I let a couple of parsnips go to seed, to sow this year. I now have several self-sown parsnips growing in odd spaces around the plot! I haven't pulled them out, didn't have the heart, so now they are an experiment, perhaps I will try sowing next year's parsnips this year, when the seeds fall naturally - after all they couldn't be much fresher!
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