Sometime in the deep dark of winter when everything was covered with snow, I decided to plant a garden. In a plastic dish. So I cut the tops off two parsnips and three carrots, and put them in the dish with some water. Then I waited. After about a week, they started to sprout!
(This photo is after about 3 weeks, actually). The two parsnips are on the right side, and have tall sprouts that come out of the centre of the parsnip top. If you look closely, you will also see thin white rootlets coming out of the bottom of the parsnip.
The carrots are on the left, and only two of them sprouted. Unlike the parsnip, their sprouts grow from around the edges of the circle where their original leaves used to be. The third one never did sprout, and eventually I chucked it into the compost.
When their roots got big enough, I planted them in pots (yogurt containers in this case–but with nice potting soil)!
They grew and grew. And grew some more. And one day, the parsnip started to grow flowers! And shortly afterwards, the flower started to make seeds. (And one of the parsnips died.)
Later, the carrot also got flowers. They look a lot like the flowers on Queen Anne’s Lace. In fact, those two plants look a lot alike all over. That’s probably why QAL is known as “wild carrot”. The flowers on QAL are pink or white though, while carrot flowers are green!
This little garden did a lot to brighten my winter. But I always wondered if the plants would stick to making leafy tops, or if they would also make new carrots and parsnips down inside the dirt. Well, I finally found out when the parsnip wilted and died. Nope. No parsnip, just leaves and a lot of little thin roots in the soil.
And the carrot? Well, one of them died fairly early on. The other one is now planted in my vegetable garden. I don’t want to dig it up to find out, so I guess I will just have to wait until fall.