Curiosity got the best of me a few days ago. Those parsnips’ leaves were getting ever bigger and i wanted to know if those aphids we spotted earlier in the season had managed to nibble down to the root or if it had survived.
So i chose the largest one, and pulled, like with carrots…but nothing! Ten minutes later, and with the help of a spade, i managed to get the parsnip out without damaging it too much. The rest followed, some spindly, some perfectly straight. As the soil is quite rich and sandy, i don’t think some of the parsnips liked it hugely much. One looked as though it had been eaten by something (below) and got binned, one or two got eaten (not sure what by!) and the rest got buried in sand and put in the shed.
I know they can be left in the ground until needed, but the ground is needed for Japanese Onions for the winter.
Not a huge harvest. I think as it is such a small space, it might have to be taken over by a few extra carrots instead next year or maybe some leeks…