Parsnip, Harris Model (Pastinaca sativa) - 100 Seeds
A classic Heirloom Parsnip, Harris Model has been a favorite of home gardeners for generations! Sweet, with a distinctive "nutty" flavor, parsnips can take the place of carrots in many recipes. This is THE parsnip people think of when they think of parnsips.
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•USDA Zones: 3-12
Sow in early to middle spring when soil is at least 45°, sow 2 seeds per inch, 1/4 - 1/2″ deep, in rows 18-24″ apart. Thin seedlings to 3-5" apart. Parsnip seeds are slow to germinate in cold soil and may take 2-4 weeks. Do not allow soil to dry out prior to emergence. Parsnips also can be started inside, where you can mix the seeds with compost in a bag and then tie off the bag. Leave the bag in a warm, dark place and seedlings should sprout within a week. After they’ve sprouted, transplant the seedlings to the garden. Parsnips prefer a slightly damp ground and should get 1 inch of water every week. Fertilization can be done by using a 10-10-10 fertilizer and working it into the soil with a fork, as root vegetables do best growing in fluffy soil. Apply a side dressing of fertilizer six weeks after planting the parsnips. Parsnips take approximately 16 weeks to mature, and their flavor is enhanced by enduring a few frosts.
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