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Parsnip problems

Ive grown parsnips in a large barrel and riddled the soil and mixed in some sand so theres no stones whatsoever, and I've just pulled a few up and they're about 4 inches long and twisted I'm not sure what's gone wrong just wondering if anyone has an suggestions. 




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  • tara.noontara.noon Posts: 2

    well our soils pretty rich of manure but I didn't add anymore and yeah I just wanted to see what they were looking like, but yeah there still edible :)

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,250

    Were the sown in situ?  They come out like that if transplanted, otherwise it'll be the soil being a bit too rich.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,473

    I don't pull parsnips until the Autumn/Winter, wait until all the green has died down and completely disappeared, Agree, they look like they've been transplanted, better sown direct. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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