Salsify, or vegetable oyster, may be grown in practically all
parts of the country. It is similar to parsnips in its
requirements but needs a slightly longer growing season. For this
reason it cannot be grown as far north as parsnips. Salsify,
however, is somewhat more hardy and can be sown earlier in the
Thoroughly prepare soil for salsify to a depth of at least a
foot. Lighten heavy garden soil by adding sand or comparable
material. Salsify must have plenty of plant food. Sandwich Island
is the best-known variety.
A half ounce of seed will sow a 50-foot row, enough for most
families. Always use fresh seed; salsify seed retains its vitality
only 1 year.
Salsify may be left in the ground over winter or lifted and
stored like parsnips or other root crops.
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