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alancas

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« on: March 05, 2016, 16:22 »
hi to all.is it ok to grow parsnips in deep buckets using compost only many thanks

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Re: parsnips
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2016, 16:53 »
How deep are the buckets? And what variety are you proposing to grow?

For most parsnips, I reckon it's probably not a goer of an idea, not for useful production anyway. Even if you choose a broad-shouldered parsnip like Guernsey, you'd have to have a very deep bucket and not expect to grow more than one or two per bucket.

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Re: parsnips
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2016, 17:52 »
I know the show growers use deep containers for growing their veg, but I find with parsnips,  getting them to germinate is a problem, cheers Dave
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Re: parsnips
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2016, 10:24 »
thanks, the buckets are  quite deep as I grew potatoes in them last year open to suggestions on what type thanks.

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Re: parsnips
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2016, 17:28 »
I know the show growers use deep containers for growing their veg, but I find with parsnips,  getting them to germinate is a problem, cheers Dave


Germinate on damp kitchen roll in a plastic box in the kitchen. When shoots are a quarter inch long, take the box to your plot, wet the end of a matchstick and gently transfer each seed to its place in the prepared seed drill. The seed will adhere to the match.

This way you get no duds.   

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Re: parsnips
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2016, 19:53 »
I grew parsnips last year. In the blue chemical containers that you see on allotments as water butts. I managed to get hold of some with lid intact. I used a jigsaw to cut them in half then drilled drainage holes. I ensured they were well rinsed. They are about 2 foot deep. I filled them to about 3 inches from the top. I used Gladiator F1. I placed a polycarbonate sheet on top, until they germinated. I planted 12 in each one. They all grew exceptionally large about the size of a beer can. I was finding due to the slow germination it was hard to distinguish the seedlings from weeds. When in the ground.

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Re: parsnips
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2016, 13:46 »
In the past I've regularly grown parsnips (Hollow Crown) in builders buckets - 7-8 per bucket. They don't grow big and a few are misshapen, but they always produce enough roots ideal for baby roasts at that time of the year. I started them off around this time - chitted on damp kitchen paper and then into the buckets in relative warmth (garage) until they showed, then in a sheltered spot until the weather warms up towards the end of May.

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Re: parsnips
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2016, 15:55 »
Mr Dog - I'm going to give that a try me thinks



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