Growing Parsnip Seeds
Parsnip seeds are used for making a variety of delicious foods. Growing your own herbs can be quite rewarding and also very cheap. With the rising prices of food, we are all trying to save money where we can. Not only can you save money on groceries, but you can also save money on growing your own herbs and spices. This article will give you the basics on how to grow parsnips seeds.
To start growing your own herbs, buy some seeds from a garden center. When you get home, carefully take them out of the packaging and make sure they are dry. If they aren't, put them back in the packaging and wait for the next day to make sure they get dry. There will be air being pulled through the leaves as they are growing, so if they aren't completely dry by the time you get them, they will dry out again the next day.
Now, go outside and cut off the top of the container. You should have two leaves and the seed should be sitting on the lower leaf. The smaller root ball will be at the top. Cut about one inch off the top of the root ball. This way when you place the seed in the soil, it will be buried properly.
You will need to bring the container outside each day and water it while it is getting ready to harvest. You can do this once a week or every other week. If you want, you can water it the same way at night. If you have a rain barrel, that will work as well.
After it starts growing roots, you can put the seeds in the refrigerator until you get them planted. They will start to go to seed fairly quickly. Once you harvest them, they will start to oxidize in the soil. So, don't keep them around too long. They will rot if you overlook that part of the process.
The best thing about growing seeds indoors is that it will save you money. I would assume most people are still growing tomato plants in their yard because they are so easy to do. Plant seeds into the dirt and water them. It doesn't get any easier then that. The only thing you need to watch for is over watering. You don't want the soil drying out too fast.
Once you start getting those beautiful flowers, you may want to get some more. You can get them from someone you know or buy them online. You don't have to wait too long to plant new ones either. A nice thick blanket of soil will have them established in no time at all.
When you have had your first few parsnip seeds, they will start to oxidize in the soil. That is what causes them to smell so good. Don't worry though, they aren't going to get poisons from the plants in your garden. What will happen is the oils in the leaves of the plants will get into the air and get into your lungs. Just be sure to get them cleaned up in between watering.
Every couple of weeks you will need to give your plants a little spray with the hose. This gets rid of any left over nutrients. It also helps get rid of any disease that might be going around.
When the plant starts to turn color it's time to water again. Try to water it a little before its actual time to turn colors. In between watering you will notice that the little spurs on the leaves will start to appear. These are little spikes from the plant that grows up and down.
When you prune the plant, it's best to do it right after it has flowered. The main problem you will have is trying to pinch off each little spike. When you do this you will damage the plant. Parsnip is a forgiving plant to have and can withstand a lot of abuse. If you do plant it in the garden, keep the soil moist and it will take care of itself.