How to grow parsnips
Sow seed 1cm deep, three seeds every 10-15cm. Thin to leave the strongest plant. Rows 15-30cm apart (more space for larger roots). Deep soil preferred.
Remove weeds by hand. Water fortnightly in dry weather for steady growth. If left dry for too long, sudden watering or rain can cause the roots to ‘split’ open.
Harvesting and using parsnips
Dig up as needed from autumn. Twist off the leaves rather than cutting. Can leave parsnips in the soil over winter until spring. Frost often improves the flavour.