Root Veg

How to Grow Parsnips

The traditional time for sowing parsnips is February, but parsnip seed can be sown from March to early May.  In our vegetable garden the parsnip seeds grow better when the soil has warmed up, & canker is not such a problem
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3 Main Shapes of Parsnip – Bulbous, Wedge or Bayonet

There are 3 main shapes of Parsnip – (Latin name – Pastinaca sativa ssp. sativa) bulbous types with rounded shoulders wedge types which are broad and long bayonet types which are long and narrow John has grown these magnificent bayonet
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Parsnip Canker

Parsnip Canker is the most serious problem with parsnips. Latin name – Itersonilia pastinaceae Brown or black patches appear on the shoulder of the root which then become soft and rotten. The secondary rotting which follows the initial discolouration is
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The Difference between Swedes and Turnips

The difference between swedes & turnips is evident when you see the two side by side. The turnip is smaller, smoother & rounder than the swede. Swedes have a whiter flesh than swedes. Swedes came from Sweden and were known
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How to Make Vegetable Crisps – Recipe

Vegetables make healthy snacks – vegetable crisps are delicious. Most root vegetables make tasty crisps: potatoes parsnips carrots sweet potato beetroot   Recipe for vegetable crisps: slice veg thinly with a potato peeler if using potatoes – wash the slices
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How to Cook Beetroot

To Prepare  Beetroot for cooking: Pull the Beetroot when they are on the small side, as they have a better taste & texture.  The ideal size is that of a golf ball up to a cricket ball size. Twist off
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Harvesting and Storing Onions

It is vital to harvest and store onions correctly, otherwise they will not keep. When the onion foliage bends over and turns yellowy, it is almost time to harvest onions. Leave them for two weeks, and then pull them out
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Grow Jerusalem Artichokes.

Jerusalem artichokes are wonderful for making soups. Jerusalem artichokes are quite vigorous, and just keep going year after year if you leave them in the vegetable garden. The normal season for lifting them is November to February, when they have
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How to Plant Shallots

Shallots are traditionally planted from sets ( very small shallots). They grow new bulbs in a cluster around the mother set, rather like a garlic clove. Plant as soon as soil is dry enough , in March or April. Use
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Thinning Out Beetroot

The Beetroot (latin name – Beta vulgaris), variety – Bolthardy, was sown on 15 May & is ready for thinning. Before thinning: * It is important to consider the size of root required. If baby beet are desired for salads
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