Carrots

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Carrots

For the first time I've been able to actually grow carrots.

These are baby carrot sized. They were later sacrificed for a chicken dish.

My growing technique this time around was get a huge pot. This is a plastic pot someone discarded that has duct tape holding it together and a black plastic contractor bag lining it. It's filled with a mix of compost, dirt from Home Depot, and old dirt from other pots. Then I threw a boatload of carrot seeds in. When I say threw, I mean threw. The seeds were sold as the easy to grow kind. Since I failed before with carrots and some other root vegetables, I needed easy. Then a covering of mulch to keep the tree of heaven seeds out. I thinned out the seedlings over time by throwing the carrot-tops into salads and as they got bigger, soups and stocks, or if I wasn't in the mood, the compost. I check to see if the carrots left have enough room to grow. These pictured looked like they were crowding out some other carrots and so I pulled them.

In the front yard, I was pretty much fed up with the parsley that went to seed and pulled it out so it can dry and maybe I can get some usable seeds. I also pulled off parts of the seedy parts of sage plant. These things were getting big. Pulled out more pea plants to collect the seed to use next year. I need relatives to come by and pick up some turnip greens, one of the plants near the door keeps hitting my leg, and those leaves are sharp.

The yard is an edible front yard. If you want to see some edible front yards, there will be an edible garden tour, for other people's yards. The thing about an edible yard is you have to eat from it. Herbs flourish the more you take cuttings from them. Thinnings need to happen and it is best if those puttings and thinnings wind up in someone's belly. And then there is trying to get dinner plans in sync with the garden. The garden is saying pick the arugula before it bolts again and the leaves become more stalky. Salad options are limited to purslane and lambs ears as the sweet leaves of early spring salad are hard, tough and bitter, and going to seed.

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