Here’s the recap:
In the spring of 2013 we planted parsnip seeds in our Zone 5/6 garden.
That fall, we harvested some of the roots and left others to overwinter.
In the spring of 2014 we harvested some of those roots, and left a few to go to seed. Since we didn’t plant any new seed, there were no roots to overwinter. We just wanted to see if we could keep doing this and never buy seeds again.
Well sure enough the seedling shown above is one of many that are popping up. We’re probably a good 3 weeks ahead of when we would normally have seedlings this size, as we would just be putting in seeds now.
The experiment was successful except for one thing.
We really don’t want to dedicate and entire 4×4 foot bed to just parsnips.
So we bit the bullet and removed about half of the seedlings. We can use the saved seeds from last fall to plant in a spot that can be their forever home, albeit a bit smaller one.
Now we can cross parsnips off the list of seeds we’ll ever need to buy.
What a great feeling.