Sowing season: April
Ready to harvest: 28 weeks
Parsnips are a hardy and easy to grow, winter staple. Ready to eat from october to March.
How to grow parsnips in Ireland.
Prepare a drill 1cm deep and leave 25cm between drills. Water the drill before sowing. Sow 1 seed every 15cm along the drill. Cover with soil and water. Germination can take upto 1 month, so don’t worry if you don’t see seedlings start away.
Regularly hoe the area to remove competing weeds.
From sowing to harvesting will take 6-7 months. You will notice the foliage will start to die back, indicating the parsnips are ready. Use a garden fork to lift the parsnips. You do not need to harvest all together, alternatively you lift as needed.
The frost will actually sweeten the parsnips, so dont rush to lift them.