Carrots & Parsnips in Manured Beds

NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,307

I have sown carrot ( 17 April ) and parsnip ( 21/4 )  in a bed I manured about 2 - 3 months beforehand

Carrots....Mr Fothergils Chantenay red Cored 2

Parsnips...Mr Fothergils Countess F 1

No parsnips and only 5 carrots

Comments please Friends

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  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Whoops, newboy; you may not have left it long enough, but that only means that you won't win 'Best in Show' at your local veg showimage. They will be interesting shapes as they try to avoid large bits in the soil - if you have children, they will find them funnyimage

    About the poor germination, I have found my carrots under-performing this year, don't know why; had to re-seed 3 large pots.image.

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    ...and Parsnip seeds should be pretty fresh, apparently they don't keep, though have never grown them.

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 15,269

    Definitely  no manure in the carrot bed. If you manure this year, grow carrots in there next year.

    You will be able to start a new thread called 'Our rudest veg' !!

    I dont do parsnips, they take a lot of space and I dont think they are worth it.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Singing GardenerSinging Gardener EssexPosts: 878

    Or maybe like the alien carrot that I grew last year....



  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,155

    Parsnips can take time to show, I've just sown White gem and the packet says 14 - 32 days to germinate. Would have thought yours would have germinated by now though... 

  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,307


    I sowed all of the parsnips and carrots in their own funnels of sieved soil and compost as Verdun The Master suggested so the lumps of manure will not alter the direction of growth

    The beds have had Nematode worms added and I have only just weeded properly as I could not see any sprouting seeds


    I have about 5 carrots showing and no parsnips so I will have to leave it for a week and see if anymore grow

    I will buy some Marion carrots that can crop all year round

    Last two years I have had loads of parsnips

    Aint Nature Wonderful !!!imageimage

    Never change Tigers in Mid Stream
  • JohntheengJohntheeng Posts: 35

    I start parsnip seeds on damp kitchen paper in a plastic tub on warm window sill. When a small tail appears that seed has  germinated and is ready for planting. This way you only sow viable seeds.

  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,307


    Will kitchen cloth roll do or does it have to be paper

    Do you put a top on the plastic tub

    Never change Tigers in Mid Stream
  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 8,095

    NBoy.....Johntheeng's suggestion is an old, but excellent, tip.  I think paper is best as you can be more sure that it hasn't been impregnated with anything drastic..........the kitchen cloths could be although I don't know for sure.  Paper kitchen "towel" is easiest I think.

    A lid will keep the paper moist but remove as soon as your seeds germinate. 

    That's how I find it works best although I haven't used it for parsnips.........just for various old seeds to check the viability.

  • JohntheengJohntheeng Posts: 35

    I always use paper and have never tried anything else because its so easy to fit it into a tub. I use the tubs you get with a chinese take away and always fit the lid and it works every time.

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