Jan White wrote:You might want to keep some parsley around as a back up root crop. It's definitely drought tolerant! It's the only thing that survives summer in my worst hugel bed (full of hydrophobic material, with lots of voids in between logs). There's parsley that's bred specifically for big roots, but even regular parlsey roots are big enough it doesn't feel like a complete waste of time. I find the roots kinds bland when cooked, delicious raw.
At the last place I lived, I had a dedicated parsley bed. I planted two years in a row and then just left it alone to reseed itself. Planting two consecutive years ensured I always had some going to seed and some in its first year. Went well for the five years I was there. I eat a lot more parsley than your average human. I suppose the same thing could be done with carrots, if you could be sure of the quality of seed they were producing. Apparently there's the male sterility problem with carrots.
Mathew Trotter wrote:. My understanding is the cytoplasmic male sterility isn't particularly common outside of hybrid seed,
Jan White wrote:
I have thought I should try to get some established to overwinter. I have a really hard time getting parsley going at first, but once it goes to seed it pops up on its own everywhere. I was hoping carrots would do the same and I could get some success that way. Not a project for this year, though.
I really enjoy following what you're up to, and the progress you've made is impressive, no matter how it seems to you. Normally, once the snow's off the ground here, I've got my head down, ploughing through one job after another, falling steadily farther behind, but not thinking about it. Because I can empathize so strongly with a lot of what you're dealing with, it made me stop and think about what I'm doing a little more. I'm kinda thinking I won't do much of a garden next year, now. Too many years of too many failures and I'm getting burnt out.
I think I'll plant winter grain in all the beds and focus on getting some basic infrastructure in place next year instead. We might get frost tonight, so I've been picking squash and running into the same problem I do every year. Where the hell am I going to keep all these? There's also the problem of storing all the potatoes I want to grow and the fact that I need a solar dehydrator so I can actually store and make use of all the wild fruit I have access to. Stuff like that. I might even finally get around to building an outhouse around my toilet bucket 😂
Reading your posts always makes me so grateful I'm not relying on my garden for survival. The first couple years on our property were really tight and I'm so glad we didn't plan on counting on food from the land. It's something I could totally see myself doing, and we would have been fucked.
Hope you feel better soon.