Operation Daucus Carota is a SUCCESS! Check out the little roots on this beauty! How exciting. Free food! Next up: Operation Allium.
Operation Daucus Carota
In my ongoing attempt to become more proficient and experienced with permaculture and all things gardening, my latest adventure is trying to propagate dinner one species at a time.
First up: Carrots.
At the farmer’s market this weekend I picked up some beautiful, tasty, heirloom carrots, complete with tops. After I got done munching on the carrots I thought I’d stick the tops and the remaining carrot bits in a jar of water just to see what would happen. Now granted, I think I should have left a bit more of the carrot in place but I didn’t think about that until after I was done munching on them.
I thought, what the heck. I’ll just stick ’em in water and see what happens. What do I have to lose? I am going to bury these in my hugle mounds as food for critters and worms and such anyway, so if nothing happens I’ve lost nothing. And if nothing happens, when I do this again I’ll remember to not do things next time the same way I did things this time. It’s a win no matter how you look at it.
So here’s what they look like, all nice and cozy, in a window that gets afternoon sun. I really hope the carrots sprout some roots so I can plant them in my hugle mound as future food for my friends and me. How cool would that be – free food!
The Okinawan spinach cuttings I put in water sprouted little roots in about 10 days. With some luck and a whole lotta good vibes, maybe these will have at least as much luck as the spinach did.