Today we transplanted 44 good looking parsnips to grow out for seed. Parsnips are crossers, meaning they are pollinated by insects or wind, and we want to keep as much genetic diversity in the seeds as long as they are true to type. A selection of 44 good plants should provide that genetic diversity.
I'm really enjoying an organic gardening book I got from the library - The Organic Gardeners' Handbook by Frank Tozer. It is clear, well written, easy to read and comprehensive, especially good for a new gardener. I will add it to my list of favourites.