Carrot & Parsnip

Growing Carrot & Parsnip

Carrot

By regular sowing of suitable varieties you can have fresh, frozen or stored carrots all year round. However, it has to be said that they are at their best when freshly picked.

Sowing:

Sow any time of the year, avoiding the coldest winter months, 5mm deep in rows 30cm apart. Sow thinly to avoid thinning out, or thin to 5-10cm apart. Ensure the soil is not overly rich in nutrients; as an overabundance of nitrogen can cause ‘forking’.

Growing:

Be careful when thinning out to avoid carrot root fly. Keep the soil evenly moist to avoid splitting.

Varieties:

Early Nantes, Early Scarlet Horn. All Year Round, Baby Pak, Chantennay Red Cored, Manchester Table, Navarre F1, Topweight Improved, Harlequin Mix

Harvesting:

Harvest carrots as soon as they are large enough to use; don't aim for the largest roots or you'll sacrifice flavour. Carefully use a fork if the soil is heavy.

 

 

 

Parsnip

Culinary uses for parsnip are endless & they are so easy to grow! They need little maintenance and can be left in the soil until ready to use.

Sowing:

Sow thick as germination can be irregular, 5mm deep in rows 30cm apart throughout most of the year apart from the coldest months. Sow at fortnightly intervals for a succession of tender, tasty roots.

Growing:

When the seedlings are about 2.5cm high thin out to leave one seedling per 15cm station. Keep the soil evenly moist to avoid splitting.

Varieties:

Hollow Crown, Gladiator.

Harvesting:

Start lifting when the foliage starts to die down. Use a fork to carefully lift them. They can be left in the soil until required, although cold treated roots tend to produce the best flavour.