Help me identify shoots please

Hi,

I'm brand new to gardening and could really use some help ...

I've started a veg patch for my daughter and am not sure if these are weeds or shoots the first one below is where I planted Turnips

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 The next is where I planted Parsnips

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Also I planted Onions and Little gen lettuce and need advice as to when and how to thin them ...below are the pics of the "clumps" .. they seem very puny to pull out and replant now ? should I wait til they're bigger?? how big?? 

Onions

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 Little gem lettuce (each leaf seems to be an individual plant!)

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 Many thanks in advance !!

Alan

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  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,095

    Hello, these are young parsnip plants. Thin them out to about 6" apart. Just carefully, with your fingers, pull out the excess.

    http://topveg.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/young-parsnip-plant.jpg

     Do the same with the little gem lettuces, you will find that if you pinch out a few together and look at them each one will have it's own roots a a few leaves.

    Sorry, I've never grown turnips, don't like them much, and onions I grow from sets (baby onions that you plant). But I think the onions look a bit small to handle. I'd leave them a little longer.

  • Alan HowardAlan Howard Posts: 10

    Thats great thanks Lizzie ... I don't think my parsnips are parsnips then!

    seem to have loads of lettuce and not much else!

    thanks again ...

     

    Alan

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,095

    Parsnips often take a long time to germinate and they aren't very reliable.

    Why don't you buy a good book, with photos, about vegetable growing?

  • Alan HowardAlan Howard Posts: 10

    I'll do that .. it's a bit spur of the moment and started with my mum and daughter, gardening centre, pack of seeds - It looks dead easy if you just read the packet !

    Think my daugher's got the bug tho ... just hope I don't kill them all ...

  • TootsietimTootsietim Posts: 176

    I think that the plant in your first image ( turnips) is creeping buttercup which can be an invasive weed and really needs digging up. It has brittle roots and all of it needs to be removed otherwise the root pieces will grow back.

    the first seed leaves of turnips will be heartshaped followed by more normal leaves.

    Your lettuces look an ideal size to be transplanted, water well, lift as a clump and then gently seperate them and replant about 6 inches apart. Just be careful not to damage the stems so only hold them by the leaves.

    Good luck.

  • Alan HowardAlan Howard Posts: 10

    Smashing ... I love this forum ...

    thanks !

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,344

    Hi Alan, growing some veg here for the first time. The first pic looks a lot like creeping buttercup to me ......... if it is I would get rid of it, there's loads of it  here and it can spread and strangle a lot of other plants

    I'm excited at the prospect of being able to eat something that I've grown, good luck

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  • Alan HowardAlan Howard Posts: 10

    Ok ... I've asked the audience ... still got phone a friend ....

  • j_gilbertj_gilbert Posts: 2

    But are you sure that the things growing where you said you planted turnips aren't the parsnips......?

  • j_gilbertj_gilbert Posts: 2

    Another point is that perhaps you should try really hard to separate the seeds as you sow them into the row. You seem to be getting clumps, maybe because the seeds are all fallng in together. Although the packet says to thin them after they come up, some seedlings, particuarly root crops, don't like to be transplanted, so the packet is really telling you to throw them away. I'm, greedy, so I don't thin as much as I should, but with parsnips, carrots and beetroot, they seem to push each other out of the way and you can (carefully) pick the larger and leave the smaller for another time. But you do need to try to leave a space between seeds if you can.

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