In 2011 I planted Lancer parsnips a improved selection of Harris from one of the local feed stores seed racks. They are still going despite my abandoning them to their own devices for years. I got some seeds for Turga from a farm that produces seed just down the road and has carefully maintained a superior locally adapted Turga strain for years. I plan to add that to my parsnip gene pool and see if more diversity helps somehow with an already seemingly well adapted and fit vegetable even without much diversity.
Post by caledonian on Feb 24, 2017 16:38:16 GMT -5
There's more than one plant called 'wild parsnip', some of which are quite toxic, but the common weed with that name in my area is the common garden parsnip that went wild. I bet there'd be a lot of useful variation in that population. Much more so than with carrots and Queen Anne's Lace, probably.
mine don't get much bigger, richard, but since i'm selecting for fat round root shape rather than other features, if i dig 'em in spring i can get a pretty good idea of what i might want to carry on with. they get replanted and grown out over summer. would love to grow a full spring summer autumn crop, but breeding taking priority at the moment.
Dug the 6x1 metre bed today of Kral, Melbourne white and Hollow crown cross, good over all crop though there was a great number to small to worry about which ended up in the compost. So what is in the wheelbarrow was replanted for spring flowering while in the crate is for giving away and about 50 roots for the eating was put back in the garden.
Kral has certainly fattened up the top section of the roots over all. In the wheelbarrow there's two in the middle side by side, these i chose two because they show a bit Kral's stumpyness, there were a number of others that threw strongly to Kral but were not of good enough size to be worthy of adding. On the other extreme there was one root that was over half a metre long but little more than thump thickness, gota love diversity.
I haven't actually been selecting my growout for any particular trait...but they've been quite happily self-seeding and growing for close to 8 yrs now. I probably should start selecting for traits now that I know what's left has survivability down...
About 39° N, 79° 58' W at just over 2000'; ostensibly Zone 5B. Weather is highly variable and seldom as forecast, with about 49" annual rainfall. According to the maps, the climate zone border runs right through my yard.
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