Parsnips are a root vegetable that's often used in soups and stews to enhance their flavor. Although a biennial vegetable, parsnips are grown as an annual vegetable. Today we'll show you how to grow parsnips, which are a cool season crop and are best harvested after a hard frost. Parsnips are a very easy vegetable to grow as long as you live in a cooler climate, since they don't require a lot of care and aren't too fussy about the soil.

How to Grow Parsnips

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Planting Parsnips:

  • Purchase parsnip seeds from your local nursery and make sure they are fresh.
  • Sow the seeds as soon as the soil is workable – parsnips have a long growing season.
  • Loosen soil to a depth of 12-15 inches and mix in a 2-4 inch layer of compost.
  • Sow the seeds in twos and plant them about 1/2 inch deep.
  • You should start seeding parsnip seedlings in 2-3 weeks.

Caring for Parsnips:


  • Once seedlings emerge, thin them to about 3-6 inches apart.
  • If rainfall is less than 1 inch per week, water your parsnips during the summer.
  • Keep the beds free of weeds.

Harvesting Parsnips:

  • Parsnips should mature in about 16 weeks.
  • For a better harvest, leave the parsnips in the ground for a few frosts, but take them out before the ground hardens.
  • If you decide to leave them in the ground during the winter, cover them with a thick layer of mulch and harvest them as soon as the ground thaws in the spring.

Happy Planting!

How to Grow Parsnips


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