On December 3, 2012 (click on link and scroll down) I wrote about experimenting with overwintering root vegetables in windowbox (photo above) in my unheated garage.
Some weeks ago I noticed the root vegetables had sprouted but never got around to investigate (The leaves are yellow/pale green and spindly due to lack of sun).
Finally got around to check things out yesterday and this is what I found.
The celeriac, carrots and parsnips all had leaves.
The carrots and parsnips had the most and longest leaves.
The beets started to send out a bit of leaves.
The sunchoke started to send out roots.
Conclusion: I consider this experiment a success. Lacking a root cellar, this is an excellent way to overwinter root vegetables.
What would I do differently this fall?
1. Definitely overwintering more root vegetables
2. Assign each vegetable its own windowbox.
3. Remove all the leaves and stems (may be the carrots would not have sprouted if I had removed all the small leaves and stems).
4. Cut away the base of the parsnips tops (may delay sprouting).
5. Water less (may be if I keep the pro-mix on the dry side, the carrots and parsnips will not sprout).
Too bad I did not think of using this method to overwinter my root vegetables years ago. Well, better late than never.
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