Parsnips 8 July 2012 Parsnip.No Insect Foliar Damage
Observing plants in the garden, it was determined that parsnip vegetation never has any insect damage. Exposure is to the Colorado Potato Beetle, Flea Beetle, Japanese Beetle, Cucumber beetle, Squash Vine Borer.These insects are present in various numbers in the garden area.The defences are limited since Integrated Pest Management (a euphemism for what ever it takes) is practised. The armoury consists of Diatomaceous Earth (Efficacy doubtful) Spinosad, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), and of course hand destruction.The issue is the possibility of determining the active protective ingredient in parsnip foliage, and using this poduct in powder or liquid form to protect other plants.All a typical home gardener can do is grind the foliage, liquify and strain and use as a spray.Maybe this observation should be taken up at some university as a research project. 5 July 2012 Parsnips (Albion Hybrid)
These parsnips are almost carrot-like at this stage of their growth.There is still several months growth before they mature. Some parsnips can get the size of a turnip at their large end and still be of a good eating texture, not woody. 8 May 2012 Parsnips
Parsnips germinated. Upon removing the board to replant the seeds, it was found the seeds had germinated in about 18 days.Lucky me. 16 April 2012 Planting Parsnips
A 25 foot row of parsnip seed was planted. Method is to mark the row, rototill, flatten surface, place seeds along row about five inch spacing, water, place supports and place board over the row.The supports under the boards allows space for the shoots to grow without distortion,removed after germination.This method insures the soil remains moist, and when it rains the seeds do not get washed out of position. Germination is almost 100% using this method with little care required.

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