Digging parsnips from the soil with a shiny spade

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Digging parsnips from the soil with a shiny spade

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener A hardy root vegetable with a sweet, slightly nutty flavor, parsnips taste even better after the weather turns frosty in autumn. Parsnips aren’t difficult to grow, but proper soil preparation makes all the difference. Read on to learn about parsnip soil requirements. Parsnip Growing Conditions Where should I plant my parsnips? Parsnips are fairly flexible. A planting spot in full sunlight is ideal, but parsnips usually do just fine in partial shade from nearby tomato or bean plants. Preferably, soil for parsnips will have a pH of 6.6 to 7.2. Preparing soil for parsnips is an important part of their cultivation. Parsnip Soil Treatment Parsnips require well-drained, fertile soil in order to develop optimum size and quality. Begin by digging the soil to a depth of 12 to 18 inches (30-46 cm.). Work the soil until it’s loose and fine, then

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