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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).

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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.
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Re: Kale & Parsnip Question

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

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@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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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 .
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