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Saturday, 25 May 2013

How to plant out Parsnips grown in tubes.


 Remember I planted parsnip seed in toilet roll tubes? Well they are ready to be planted out in the garden now.


Do not wait until "true leaves" have grown -if you do the roots may have also grown out of the bottom of the tube.


And you want to get the tubes in the ground before the tap root comes out of the bottom . 


The reason being that if the root has grown long enough to poke out of the bottom there is a risk that the parsnip will develop a forked root, and we don't want that as it makes it harder to peel !

For the same reason I have always found that carrots do not like being transplanted.


 
 So, make a hole in the soil - I use a bulb planter

 

hold the tube firmly so the contents do not fall out and carefully put the tube into the hole, so that the top of the tube sticks up a cm or so above the surface of the soil, This protects the seedling and shows you where it is in the ground


Plant out the rest, spacing them at least 8 inches apart to get large Parsnips. If you want to pull them as small ones you can space them closer together.




Water well, think about covering with fleece or net to stop birds ( hens, in my case) or cats from digging them up.

Weed as needed. Job done :-) And on to the next job on my ( never ending ) list.

5 comments:

  1. I've used toilet roll-grown parsnips and beetroot for some years now, but I have never thought of using a bulb planter to plant them. What a great idea! I shall be using that in the future. Thanks for the tip
    Gillx

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    1. My fragile back means I look for ways not to have to bend too much so I'm a great fan of the bulb planter for many jobs - I have a long handled one ( like a fork or spade, but with a bulb planter on the end) which is terrific for planting potatoes.

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  2. I've often grown plants in card tubes, but always have to remove them before planting. It's so dry and sandy here that, however much you water, odds are that the cardboard dries out and stops the roots growing out of the sides and they're there, unrotted, at the end of the season.

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  3. I hadn't thought of that aspect about the tubes, Z! We are on 100 frrt of heavy clay so no risk of that happening to our card tubes!

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  4. Great idea - I tend to slit down the tube when I plant them out so the parsnips can expand a bit.

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