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ParsnipsParsnips succeed best in a rich soil, but the application of fresh manure should be avoided, as it induces forked and ill-shaped roots. Let the ground be trenched two spits deep and left ridged up as long as possible.

As early in March as the weather will permit level the surface and sow the seed in drills fifteen inches apart, covering it with half an inch of fine soil. When the plants are two or three inches high, thin them out to nine inches apart.

Parsnips may be taken up in November and, after cutting off the tops, stored in a pit or cellar in damp sand, or they may be left in the ground till required for use.