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Grow - Salsify from Seeds

Date Posted: October 27, 2016

Seeds of the Month Club by Mike the Gardener Grow - Salsify from Seeds
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Salsify is a delicious root vegetable whose delicate, unique flavor has earned it the name “Oyster Plant.” I don’t personally think it tastes or resembles Oysters in anyway, but others seem to make that connection. You can use the fleshy white roots as you would parsnips and rutabagas. They are excellent when sauteed, steamed, or in stews or soups. The delicate flavor goes well with chicken, in my opinion, when they are sliced thin and sauteed a bit.

Planting Depth Seed Spacing Spacing Between Rows Days to Germination Spacing After Thinning Days to Maturity
13 mm.
5 cm.
38-46 cm.
14-21 6”
15 cm.

When and where to plant your Salsify seeds

To achieve the best results when growing salsify from seeds you will want to select a sunny location light porous soil. As soon as you can work your soil (after ground has thawed), you will want to mix in plenty of organic matter, compost and/or well aged manure to a depth of eighteen inches. Wait a few days then sow your seeds directly into your soil using the chart above.

For an earlier crop of Salsify

If you would like to start your salsify seeds earlier than your last frost date, I highly recommend that you use a garden cloche, cold frame or hoop house over them to keep the temperature of your soil at an adequate level.

Caring for the area your salsify seeds are growing in

To make sure your salsify have a fighting chance, be sure to keep the area weed free and feed your salsify a good organic fertilizer every four weeks.

Harvesting your Salsify

As noted above your salsify will mature in one hundred ten to one hundred fifty days. Harvest your salsify from October to spring. For winter use, store your salsify in damp sand or leave in the garden if drains well. Remove your salsify from the ground with a spade or fork.

Health notes for Salsify

As noted on a number of health and nutrition websites, salsify contains Calcium, Iron and vitamins A, B1, B2, Niacin and C. You can view nutrition facts for salsify by clicking here.

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About the Author

Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

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