Okay, so what began as a simple experiment has gotten out of hand, I admit.
The bed pictured was thinned dramatically in the spring, enough to even plant some kohlrabi in one area.
But the parsnips just kept coming.
Not only did they spring up in the bed, as you can see they grew outside as well. In spite of the gravel and getting walked on. Even though the chickens could have eaten them, they kept growing.
And just in case that's not enough, some of them are going to seed.
That's right, if left unchecked, they will be coming up next spring as well.
The letting them reseed themselves part, in retrospect, was not a good idea. Except for one thing: we learned chickens don't like parsnips.
So here's the change of plans:
1. Parsnips will be planted in a smaller bed that is in a new area of the yard, where the chickens can roam without doing damage.
2. Only 1 root will be allowed to go to seed.
3. That seed will be collected, and carefully distributed back into the bed.
4. The Gardener will triumph over the parsnips.
Okay, we'll get back to you on that last one.