Last night I sowed my parsnips, very late but not too late.
However I first needed to clear weeds from the patch before sowing and got a barrowload of weeds to put in the compost. When you leave weeds to grow to any size it takes a great deal of effort to remove them. Despite having a stable litter mulch I needed to use the fork to lever each clump of weeds out of the ground before raking everything up, forking into the barrow and delivering to the compost heap.
Again I sowed several rows, partly because I found I had not bought fresh seed of my standard, White Gem. For some reason I had two opened packets from last year but in addition I had another free packet from Kitchen Garden of 'Tender & True' and a bought packet from Kings (via my RHAA order) of an F1 variety 'Palace'. I alternated the rows between the old and new seed so I don't get a big gap if the old seed fails.
I then set up boards to shade the rows so watering is more effective. The bed looks as though it is covered with a giant Venetian blind!
Saturday, however, I drove down even though all I planned was watering because I had spent all day in the garden catching up with sowing and moving stone. Cycling would have been too strenuous. While watering I managed to deal with all the rubbish that had built up as well.