How to Grow Parsnips The Easy Way

There are only a few vegetables around which are as easy to grow as parsnips.  Aside from being easy to grow, their taste actually gets better as winter gets colder.  It has a sweet flavor even kids can’t resist.

How to grow parsnips?  What are the things you should remember when growing this root crop?

The most important thing in the life of any vegetable is soil.  Parsnips favor soils that are rich and heavy with an acidity level of about 6.5pH.  If you plant parsnips in soil that is sandy and does not well-drained, you would surely grow crops with badly misshapen roots.

Till the soil and make sure it is well dug so that it has a fine texture.  Remove all visible stones and debris.  Do this two days before sowing the seeds.

Create a shallow drill in the soil that’s about two centimeters deep.  If you are sowing more than one row of parsnip seeds, each row must be about 35 centimeters apart.

Sow the seeds at a depth of 0.5 inches deep, cover loosely with sifted soil and firm it down a bit.  Then, amply water the area especially if the weather is dry.  Germination should take about three weeks and you should see the beginnings of foliage by that time.  Regularly remove weeds in the area.

Once they have germinated, parsnips are very easy to grow because they require little maintenance.  Here are a few tips you can use to grow parsnips even more successfully:

  • Do not sow seeds when it’s windy — parsnip seeds are very light and can therefore be easily blown away by strong gusts of wind.
  • If you live in a windy area, you can opt to sow pelleted parsnip seeds as they are heavier than regular seeds.
  • You can start sowing seeds in February.  However, it is better to postpone sowing in the month of March until the early weeks of April when the soil gets a bit warmer.
  • Parsnips have a long growing season so it will be more productive for you to plant quick-to-mature crops like radish or lettuce.