Parsnip in the vegetable garden

Parsnip in the vegetable garden

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Rediscovered in recent years like many "forgotten" vegetables, parsnip is a nutritious and tasty root vegetable. To make the most of it next winter, grow it in the garden! From the Apiaceae family, from a European wild plant and cultivated since the Middle Ages, parsnip looks like a large white carrot.

It presents a sweet and floury flesh, rich in carbohydrates, fibers, vitamins and minerals. It is a perfect winter vegetable to cook like carrots, mashed, soups, gratins, stews, crisps, fries ...

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The germination stage

Easy to grow, the parsnip is a hardy vegetable that needs neither fertilizer nor processing. Only its germination can be capricious and requires a little care.

The seeds are sown in spring, from the end of March to June, in a row, in a furrow 1 cm deep, in a well-exposed part of the vegetable garden. Pack them down with the back of the rake and cover them with a thin layer of potting soil, water, then protect with a straw mulch or forcing veil, to conserve moisture.

After 15 days, they should have germinated. Keep one plant every 10 cm; weed and hoe the first months; straw in summer.

To collect your own seeds, allow a few flowers to rise to seeds. You can sow them the following year.

Parsnip harvest

Depending on the sowing date, the first parsnips can be out of the ground at the end of September. They are sometimes attacked by carrot maggot or rust, but unlike carrot, the damage usually remains superficial.

Resistant to cold and frost, parsnips can stay in the ground all winter. But beware of rodents who will be happy to bite into them once winter sets in. It is therefore better to harvest your parsnips and place them under cover, in a cellar or in silos, in order to enjoy them throughout the cold season.

L. H.

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Video: Parsnip and carrot recycle (June 2022).