Parsnip

Dig soil in Autumn or early Winter, do not add compost or fresh manure, but lime if required. rake in a general purpose fertiliser when preparing the seed bed.

Sow March to May sowing 3 seeds per station at 15-30cm (6-12") intervals removing the weaker plants. Row width 30cm (1ft). Do not sow early if soil conditions are not right, as parsnip seed is slow to germinate and quick to rot out in cold wet ground. Dig deeply if long varieties are grown. Generally trouble free except for canker which cannot be controlled. Keep the pH up, practice good crop rotation and use a more resistant variety.

AVONRESISTER
Good uniformity and quality. Good level of canker resistance.

HOLLOW CROWN
Old variety ideal for exhibition or kitchen use.

TENDER AND TRUE
Produces long tapering smooth roots on deeper soils. A variety often grown for exhibition purposes. High canker resistance.

WHITE GEM
An intermediate type with broad shoulders and very white skin. Heavy yields of roots that are highly resistant to canker.

WHITE SPEAR
Wedge shaped variety with good skin characteristics. Bold roots with good flavour.

JAVELIN F1 Hybrid
Very high quality, smooth tapering roots of excellent uniformity. Try sowing 7.5cm (3") apart for mini parsnips with the best flavour ever!

COUNTESS F1 Hybrid
Maincrop with long uniform roots. Outstanding quality and good disease resistance. Very shallow crowns.

GLADIATOR F1 Hybrid
A British bred  vigorous hybrid with long wedge shaped roots of fine flavour. Smooth white skin and good resistance to canker.

EXHIBITION LONG
A variety with very long tapered roots and a fine flavour. Good for the show bench and the kitchen.