What happened to the umbels?
I was standing in the garden the other day, looking around, checking for blooms and bugs and doing some spot weeding, and realized I have no umbels in the garden.
Where had they gone, because I know I planted several kinds of umbels.
It didn’t take me long to answer my question. I apparently was a little overzealous with my hoeing in my quest for a weed-free garden and inadvertently hoed out the tiny carrots, dill, and cilantro seedlings that I had planned to grow in the garden. These are all members of the Umbelliferae family of plants, which is why I asked myself, what happened to the umbels?
Having answered my own question, I’m almost inspired to write a little poem… a haiku…
Seeds sown for umbels
She was too free with the hoe
No dill for the cukes.
It’s really almost unfathomable that I have no dill in my garden. Or maybe it is inexcusable? If you let dill form seed heads, you’ll have dill seedlings come up every year, more than you’d ever need, and then you can just transplant them to wherever you want them to grow. It’s almost a weed in that regard, and I do let it go to seed every year.
The same is true with cilantro, which in my garden, mostly came up in the paths this spring, which transformed it from a useful plant to a weed, if one uses the definition of “plant in the wrong place” for weeds. So I pulled it all out of the paths and thus ended up with no cilantro to go with no dill. The picture above is of the cilantro blooming last summer. It’s pretty, isn’t it?
It is unknown what happened to the carrots. Well, it is known. I just plain hoed them out accidently, when I was making room for some pole beans. At least that's what I think happened.
I still have some seeds for all three of these umbels, so I’ll sow them in the garden this weekend and see what comes up. I’ll also keep the hoes away from those areas and maybe mark the rows with some string or something to remind me not to cultivate there.
Oh, and I almost forgot. This year I also sowed seeds for parsnips, yet another member of the Umbelliferae family, and never even saw a seedling come up. Apparently my problems with umbels are more serious than I thought!
What have we learned from all this? We now know more or less where the umbels went, except for maybe the parsnips. But perhaps more importantly, we learned that even after years of tending a vegetable garden, a gardener can goof something up, something as simple as the umbels.
Doesn’t that make you new gardeners feel better?