Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» New England May 2017
by trolleydriver Today at 4:07 pm

» Yard and garden Maintenance Gadgets
by sanderson Today at 3:57 pm

» New in NY...Hi all
by sanderson Today at 3:53 pm

» Natural Dying ~ The Thyme to Dye is Coming!
by sanderson Today at 3:31 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in May 2017
by sanderson Today at 3:28 pm

» Turan in the Western Mountains
by Turan Today at 3:19 pm

» New For 2017
by Turan Today at 2:24 pm

» Planting tomatoes, cucumbers and squash back to back on wire mesh trellis.
by Veganist Today at 2:17 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Today at 12:35 pm

» Carrot Week 2017!
by Fiz Today at 10:44 am

» Hello from TN
by AtlantaMarie Today at 9:11 am

» Tips for compost tumbler
by jimmy cee Today at 7:59 am

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 7:36 am

» Excited to be a part of forum
by sanderson Today at 3:58 am

» Using Eggshells for your garden
by yolos Today at 1:00 am

» Lil' Goners
by mlpii66 Today at 12:40 am

» Texas Dream garden 2017
by Turan Yesterday at 11:50 pm

» Bryan Greenbeard of Minnesota's 2017 Plans
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 11:38 pm

» Lower South May 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:44 pm

» N&C Midwest: May is here! 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:38 pm

» Maritime SGFG 2017
by yolos Yesterday at 9:38 pm

» Double summer squash flower
by AlwaysHotinFL Yesterday at 9:23 pm

» Strawberry protection
by AlwaysHotinFL Yesterday at 9:15 pm

» has55's R & D Journey
by has55 Yesterday at 4:26 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 2:00 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:46 am

» Amaranth
by trolleydriver 5/24/2017, 3:09 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by AtlantaMarie 5/24/2017, 8:46 am

» Planting for the trellis
by sanderson 5/24/2017, 2:57 am

» Spring BBQ day
by sanderson 5/24/2017, 2:55 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

Kale & Parsnip Question

Page 2 of 2 Previous  1, 2

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Re: Kale & Parsnip Question

Post  sanderson on 9/26/2016, 12:28 pm

CN, You can direct (9/sq) sow parsnips now and they will be ready in the late spring (at least based on my experience).

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13769
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Kale & Parsnip Question

Post  MrBooker on 9/26/2016, 1:22 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:
@MrBooker wrote:Also, I'm almost ashamed to admit it but I had never tasted parsnips or Arugula until this spring. Man... what a treat they are. My research told me that parsnips would most likely winter over in my area so before I planted any, I asked my wife to buy some parsnips at Wal-Mart for a taste test. I was blown away by the sweet cinnamon taste. My grandson said, "Grampa, they taste like grandma's pumpkin pie". I have 18 squares of Parsnips planted and their doing great... I can't wait til after the first hard frost to dig'em up.  bounce
WOW! I had no idea. I thought parsnips were just another tasteless filler crop. I will DEFINITELY try them. Cool
Be sure to harvest AFTER a frost. Frost turns the starch into sugar.
avatar
MrBooker

Male Posts : 345
Join date : 2016-03-19
Age : 71
Location : SW Illinois 62260

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Kale & Parsnip Question

Post  countrynaturals on 9/26/2016, 3:09 pm

@MrBooker wrote:
@countrynaturals wrote:
@MrBooker wrote:Also, I'm almost ashamed to admit it but I had never tasted parsnips or Arugula until this spring. Man... what a treat they are. My research told me that parsnips would most likely winter over in my area so before I planted any, I asked my wife to buy some parsnips at Wal-Mart for a taste test. I was blown away by the sweet cinnamon taste. My grandson said, "Grampa, they taste like grandma's pumpkin pie". I have 18 squares of Parsnips planted and their doing great... I can't wait til after the first hard frost to dig'em up.  bounce
WOW! I had no idea. I thought parsnips were just another tasteless filler crop. I will DEFINITELY try them. Cool
Be sure to harvest AFTER a frost. Frost turns the starch into sugar.
Thanks, MrB. We don't always get frost, but I will remember. If Mother Nature doesn't cooperate, it will be just one more crop for the rabbit. (He is very accomodating.) Wink
avatar
countrynaturals

Female Posts : 1924
Join date : 2016-04-12
Location : Redding, CA

View user profile http://countrynaturals.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Kale & Parsnip Question

Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 11/4/2016, 7:47 pm

My Purple Sun carrots have been growing for 2 and a half times the days to maturity on the seed package (184/73 days). The Turga parsnips have been growing for about 1 and a half times (187/110). They were only sown 3 days apart, and I've been ignoring the parsnips figuring if the carrots are so far behind, there's no reason to figure the parsnips have accomplished much.

But I got curious and started digging around one of the 'snips tonight... and digging... and digging... based on the circumference I decided to harvest - I actually went and grabbed the trowel because even though it's in MM, it wasn't coming out with a gentle tug.
Comparison between the carrots and parsnip, with ye olde scissors for scale. Shocked



It's been through four frosts, but was still a little more starchy than sweet (but not tough!), so I'll leave the others awhile longer.  I'm thrilled about the parsnips, but very puzzled about what I did that was so awesome for parsnips but so unappreciated by the carrots. thinking
avatar
BeetlesPerSqFt

Female Posts : 946
Join date : 2016-04-11
Location : Port Matilda, PA Zone 5b/6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Kale & Parsnip Question

Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/4/2016, 10:12 pm

Excess nitrogen is my knee jerk answer to under development of roots in favor of tops.  Usually, in MM, that isn't a problem, but I have used blood meal on occasion when I don't have enough homemade compost to supplement my beds.  More browns.  Leaves, straw, etc.

Happens to my beets and radishes too.  Maybe parsnips are less picky?  They are a survival crop, similar to potatoes.  So, maybe.
avatar
Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 4671
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 55
Location : Ada, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Kale & Parsnip Question

Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 11/12/2016, 9:21 am

The carrot tops weren't very bushy -- the carrots were small at both ends. The more I think about it, the more I think the answer must be water. The original compost blend in both beds is the same, and I amended both sections with mushroom compost for the new season -- but the bed the parsnips are in was that first bed some of us have where we miss the part in the MM instructions about the peat moss expanding and so we end up with a peat-heavy mix that we try to correct, but it's still peatier than 1/3rd. I think that bed/mix held the moisture better than the ones the carrots were in. That peatier blend also held its shape better for when I partially hollowed out a square for leeks. The square filled in by itself, but at a nice slow rate such that the leek growth kept pace.
avatar
BeetlesPerSqFt

Female Posts : 946
Join date : 2016-04-11
Location : Port Matilda, PA Zone 5b/6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Kale & Parsnip Question

Post  plantoid on 11/12/2016, 3:49 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:
@MrBooker wrote:
@countrynaturals wrote:
@MrBooker wrote:Also, I'm almost ashamed to admit it but I had never tasted parsnips or Arugula until this spring. Man... what a treat they are. My research told me that parsnips would most likely winter over in my area so before I planted any, I asked my wife to buy some parsnips at Wal-Mart for a taste test. I was blown away by the sweet cinnamon taste. My grandson said, "Grampa, they taste like grandma's pumpkin pie". I have 18 squares of Parsnips planted and their doing great... I can't wait til after the first hard frost to dig'em up.  bounce
WOW! I had no idea. I thought parsnips were just another tasteless filler crop. I will DEFINITELY try them. Cool
Be sure to harvest AFTER a frost. Frost turns the starch into sugar.
Thanks, MrB. We don't always get frost, but I will remember. If Mother Nature doesn't cooperate, it will be just one more crop for the rabbit. (He is very accomodating.) Wink
  Try roasting the parsnips quartered length wise in a litle oilive oil , basting them every 10 minutes. when they are golden brown  serve with a meat  , hot golden roasted white potatoes , greens & gravy .

 The act of roasting them makes then really quite soft & sweet ..they'll also  lose a lot of the floury state .
avatar
plantoid

Male Posts : 3692
Join date : 2011-11-09
Age : 66

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Kale & Parsnip Question

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Page 2 of 2 Previous  1, 2

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum