Friday, 6 April 2012

Planks of wood and Parsnips

Parsnip rows broken up by allium rows
Last call for onions, garlic and shallots!

It's getting on for putting these in so if you have a few that you didn't get round to put your onion sets, garlic cloves and shallots in asap. Finished mine yesterday in a mixed bed with parsnips.

If you are looking at the picture you will see a plank of wood on the bed. I was reading a gardening magazine over winter that had a readers tips page. Someone wrote in recommending that you put down a plank of wood over your drill of parsnips and leave it there for two weeks. When you take it up all your seeds should have germinated underneath. Apparently the plank holds in the heat and moisture for the seeds. Seamus is trialing it on this bed, sowing other drills with the same seeds and no plank.

I will let you know how it works out! If any of you try it let me know if it helps.

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