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Parsnips Started (Well, one bed)

The weather had been pretty dry here for the last week, so instead of watching football, rugby and GAA all day I decided that I’d try to till out a seed bed for some parsnips. The soil was just about dry enough to get a decent seed bed and I managed to get one 1.5m by 50m bed sown. There are 3 rows of parsnips per bed with 18″ between rows.

The pity however is that it’s supposed to rain here for the next 4/5 days so it is unlikely that I will be able to get anymore parsnips sown in the next week as the soil will be too wet to till. No worries though, still plenty of time to get them in the ground.

Just a sidenote here, the camera on my iPhone is pretty poor so from now on I’m going to try and take most photos with a proper digital camera.

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Half Acre

This is approximately half an acre where I will be growing most of my root vegetables this year. It will be split up into 20 beds, 1.5m in width and 50m in length. There will be 14 beds of carrots (4 rows per bed), 5 beds of parsnips (3 rows per bed) and 1 bed of beetroot (4 rows per bed).

I will be growing 4 different varieties of carrot, Amsterdam Forcing for early production, Early Nantes 2 for second earlies and Camberley and Autumn King 2 for the main crop. I will also be overwintering Autumn King 2 by covering the beds with a mulch of straw. By doing this I will be essentially storing them in the ground through the winter and digging them up as I require them.

This year I will be trying two different varieties of parsnip, White Gem and Tender and True. The variety of beetroot will be Boltardy. I am only growing one bed of beetroot to begin with as I am unsure of the demand for fresh beetroot.

My aim is to begin sowing parsnips around the third week of February. Hopefully we will get a good spell of weather soon allowing the ground to dry out sufficiently for me to rotovate. I will probably sow my first carrots around the same time and cover these early first sowings with a fleece to aid germination.

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