My parsnips don't get long and tapered. Instead they are kind of round bulbs with several small roots sticking out. Why is this happening?
Growing Well Formed Parsnips
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
This can be cause by 2 things. The first is that the ground may lack phosphorous, which helps with root formation. The other is that the ground may be too heavy. Root vegetables need soft, organic material rich soil to grow well.
Add some bone meal to help with phosphorous and amend the soil.