How to plant parsnips

March 28, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, Root Vegetables

Wednesday 3-28-2012

What is a parsnip anyway?

It is a root vegetable similar to a carrot, except it is white in color. I personally like parsnips better than carrots for cooking, but I like carrots better raw.


Tools Needed?

I use a metal rake, a pointed hoe, and the parsnip seed to get the job done.


Soil Type for Parsnips?

Parsnips will grow in any loose soil, but as is with all root vegetables no fresh manure.


Companions that love parsnips?

Fruit trees



You can plant parsnips as soon as the soil is warm enough to dig. Very early spring is good timing. They like cool weather, so for those of you in zone 7 or 8, you can even plant them in August as a fall planting.



Parsnip seed is bigger than carrot seed, so it requires a little more depth than a carrot seed. ½ inch deep is good.



I put them about an inch or 1.5 inches apart, in rows 10” apart. Gardening is forgiving though, so don’t worry about being exact.


½ inch deep trench with mulch pulled back                          Seed 1 inch apart


How to plant the seed?

1. I mulch my garden, so I first rake the mulch away from the area I am going to plant.


2. I make a ½ inch trench along my irrigation line with my pointed hoe.


3. I drop the seed in the trench 1 inch apart.


4. I gently rake only the soil back over the trench with the back of the metal rake.


5. I lightly tamp the area with the back of the rake to connect the seed to the soil.


6. I rake a light amount of mulch to suppress the weeds. I will rake the rest of the mulch back over after I have germination and some height on the plants.


 7. Water your seeds in. Make sure to keep the soil moist until germination.


Soil raked over and tamped                                                        Light amount of mulch raked over, done!


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