Parsnips are an easy vegetable to plant and grow, yet they are becoming increasingly rare in our vegetable garden. Parsnips are excellent in purées, soups, gratins or even simply in a pan of vegetables. The parsnip belongs to the Apiaceae family, which also includes carrots and celery. The best-known varieties of parsnip are: the long parsnip, the half-long parsnip and the long parsnip.
Parsnips are a winter vegetable. The calendar for sowing parsnips runs from February to June. In your garden, sow the seeds 30 to 40 cm apart. You can also broadcast the parsnip seeds. Before planting the seeds, it is advisable to soak them, then you can sow them about 2 cm deep. Parsnips prefer rich, fresh and deep soil. The soil should always remain moist. It is also important to weed regularly.
Parsnips are very hardy and can withstand mildew, for example. On the other hand, you have to be careful with carrot flies, which can wreak havoc. If a plant is attacked, pull it out immediately so as not to contaminate the other plants. Parsnips grow slowly and can be harvested from September.