PARSNIP (Peucedanum sativum)
This vegetable will succeed in almost any kind of, but if it is intended to grow on very rough stony land, it pays to adopt the practice of boring a hole as recommended for carrots. The ground should be well prepared in the ordinary way. Choose a plot which was well manured for the previous crop, and add nc fresh manure, as this is harmful to roots.
Use fresh seed, as parsnip seed very quickly loses its vitality. Sow in February in drills an inch deep and in. apart, allowing a foot between theafter they are thinned.
For exhibition cultivation, holes are necessary. Make them 6 in. wide at the top, bored to a depth of 3 ft. Afterwards fill these with sandycontaining plenty of leaf-mould. Frequent hoeing during the summer is all the further cultivation required.
Parsnips can be left in the ground to be dug as required during winter or, if preferred, they may be lifted and stored in the same way as carrots, so as to leave the ground empty for winter cultivation.
Good varieties are “Hollow Crown,” “Magnum Bonum” and “Student.”