Carrots from our garden
Sorry for my absence, I’m getting back on my feet after a debilitating stomach bug. Maybe it was the 24 hour flu, but whatever terrible thing it was, I’m so grateful it’s over. I feel human again. But I’m behind on emails and responding to comments because of my illness. I just now finally have energy to type.
Our first CSA box arrived this week and I can’t wait to share it with you (blog coming next week). Now I just have to wait for the first Farmer’s market to really feel that summer will be coming.
Last year I decided to plant a garden in July. The last day of frost in our area is around mid-May, but I planted late. July was when I had my epiphany: my son will love this even if we don’t have much of a crop. So we planted carrots, sunflowers, pumpkins, radishes — basically just a random assortment of stuff. The pumpkin needed way more days and it just didn’t go anywhere by October. I felt really bad watching it die in the cold weather. The sunflowers were great and the carrots were sweet teeny tiny things when we harvested them in October. We got exactly one radish:
I know radishes come early in the season so I’m going to have to find some more appealing ways to prepare them this season (please share favorite recipes). We tried them chopped over salad raw and they were so bitter. I did try “radish chips,” which weren’t terrible. For the record: kale chips are way, way better.
This year with our impending move, we aren’t really going to be able to grow very much. However, the Easter Bunny did bring Charlie a little spade and a little rake with a note that he should use them to grow carrots for the Easter Bunny, himself (such a selfish rabbit!). A little someone was highly motivated to plant so just last weekend my husband went outside to plant all of the seed packets we have left including a little packet of carrots. I didn’t want to dampen anyone’s enthusiasm with the trivial information about any impending frost between now and mid-May. I just figured that 30 minutes of digging in the dirt was good for both of them and can be repeated in the future. Even in July.
Last summer, we were so proud of our little carrots!