I just thought that I would give you a quick update on how the parsnip seeds are doing after I set them up to germinate. I have had great success with the Gladiator and Tender and True varieties but the White Spear have so far, all failed to show signs of rooting. I’ll give them a little longer just in case they are just being slow and not completely unviable. The radicles are clearly showing now to show which seeds have germinated well.
I did plant a few in the allotment on Sunday and covered them with clear plastic sheeting as it was a little cold and damp. I think that they should all do ok but the next batch will either be planted when the weather is a little warmer (whenever that may be!) or planted in a temporary container. My trusty loo rolls containers should come in very handy for this as they will allow the parsnips to grow on undisturbed. When they then need to be planted in the ground, this can be done with minimum root disturbance as I will just plant the entire container and allow it to naturally decompose.