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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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Parsnips [Pastinaca sativa] on stoney soil.

29 December 2009 21:45:54
If you have stoney soil which is not the best of friends with parsnips when growing them but would still like to grow some,then what you do is make holes with a small bar about 60-90cm deep [2-3ft] when the soil is fit to do so and spacing each hole 30 cm apart.Fill these holes with moist wriddled compost and firm it.Sow 3 or 4 seeds at each area and cover them with .5 of an inch of wriddled soil.If you sow them to deep they will more than likely not grow.When they show a little then thin to 1 good strong seedling at each sowing area.

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AitAlainn AitAlainn 29 December 2009 21:52:35

Haven't come across the term "wriddled" in relation to compost before - what does it mean, John?


Johnplotman Johnplotman 29 December 2009 22:05:39

Just another meaning AitAlainn for sifted or coarser portion of compost then seeds will have no set back.


Mairin Mairin 30 December 2009 00:12:01

Interesting.  Knew they didn't like stoney soil but had no idea as to how to solve the problem.  Thanks John.


Rachel Rachel 30 December 2009 00:21:13

Now I'm confused. Have you just been to the New York Botanic Gardens? I saw your latest album?!?


J.D. J.D. 30 December 2009 05:08:37

Who was it that wrote that poem 'Oh Stoney grey soil of Monaghan'. Just came to me while reading your journal title.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 30 December 2009 08:45:52

Mairin,carrots are similar to them with the stoney soil.They like the same way out and just like the parsnips but not as deep.tJust like the parsnips they are also a member of the root crop  family.If you check out a problem with them called [fanging]you will see the outcome of stoney soil with them..


Johnplotman Johnplotman 30 December 2009 08:57:12

That happened in 2008 Rachel.It was just by chance i managed to call there.A few friends and i decided to go out to take on the Philadelphia marathon.We headed up to New York for the final day to visit some other friends and it was about 10km from the Botanic garden.I spent time looking through a polytunnel garden for much of the day as it was October,but had an earlier fast walk around the Botanic garden. 


Johnplotman Johnplotman 30 December 2009 09:05:41

That is a six marker to me Jacinta but i will check on it.They could write a great poem with some of the stoney ground around here. 


Rachel Rachel 30 December 2009 10:33:46

Patrick Kavanagh - you must have been at school the same time as me Jacinta : ) I wonder what Cloncaw, Milkchurns and James Kelly have to say about his poems : )


Myrtle Myrtle 30 December 2009 15:42:31

John, I'm just after eating a lovely dish of parsnips, roasted in the oven and glazed with honey, delicious, but I'm the only one who eats them, so that is my dinner tonight, using up the Christmas leftovers, I'm on my own tonight so glad not to have to cook!


Johnplotman Johnplotman 30 December 2009 17:39:41

A lovely dinner you have had Myrtle,Enjoy.


J.D. J.D. 30 December 2009 17:56:02

Ah Rachel, how could I forget. I loved all of Patrick Kavanaghs poems. I reckon I might be a few years older than you though. Ha ha. Only a few.


milkchurns milkchurns 30 December 2009 19:56:19

good advice there John. i do mix a bit of sand in with the compost john. i have very heavy soil here but its getting better year by year.

Rachel Patrick Kavanagh soil in monaghan. dont know much about his poems. he was a bit before my time


J.D. J.D. 30 December 2009 19:57:47

Ha ha


Johnplotman Johnplotman 30 December 2009 22:12:16

Thanks Paul [Milkchurns].That is a good idea of yours to know with the sand and the compost.A great way to help improve the heave clay soil.


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