Parsnip is easy to grow and need little maintenance.
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Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa subsp. sativa) belongs to the umbellifer family (Apiaceae or Umbelliferae). Parsnip is native to Eurasia. You can find wild parsnips (Pastinaca sativa) on sunny, nutrient-rich roadsides and water sides. Parsnips can be sown in April/May in the open ground immediately in their final spot. It can take up to a month for the seed to emerge. Not a fast grower; sown in April, means harvest in September. Parsnips like light soils; in heavy clay they struggle and the roots branch out. Sow them in a different spot each year (crop rotation) to outwit soil pests. Among slow-growing parsnips you can grow lettuce, which goes fast. By the time the parsnips are large, the lettuce will have been harvested.
Pierced roots, tunnels and rust-colored streaks on the root: carrot fly (Chamaepsila rosae).
Parsnip seed germination can be laborious and slow, especially in cold soil, so don’t sow too early and always use fresh seeds.