Understand that I am a fair-weather gardener; I sweat just standing still so if it's really hot, there's no way I'm spending any real time Out There. I have five 4x4' boxes and I can weed all 80 square feet (math!) in about 20 minutes. Even I can deal with that. Not that I'm going to today because, hello! It's H-U-M-I-D out there which is worse than hot. Wet underwear weather, people.
HOWEVER, I did spend 3 minutes picking today. Here's what I picked:
|What's more than a bunch? That would be a shit ton.|
And I haven't always had the best luck with carrots so this is even more exciting. Here are some more pictures of the beauties.
|Small, Medium, and LARGE!|
|Here at Topp-Down Organic Farm, we specialize in Saucy Mutant-Limbed Carrots!|
|And more demure mutant-limbed ones (who might have to go to the bathroom)|
|And sea creatures!|
SERIOUSLY?? Is that ALL?? Let's break it down: $2.50 in seeds to wait 2 months to grow the amount of organic carrots I usually spend $3 on at the grocery store?!
Clearly, not a bargain. (And how do carrot farmers make ANY money?)
|SO MANY CARROTS! not really.|
However, I'm also clearly not just in it for the cheap. I love the planning, the watching-it-grow, and the harvesting. It's psychically satisfying. And I know I'll be really really happy when the tomatoes ripen and I'm no longer spending $2 on one decent tomato.
Tomatoes are a bargain.
|And lots of ...compost material! Even Rosie looks perplexed.|
What's on the horizon for this garden:
|Potatoes are located in that ka-lassy tire back there. Check out this space-saving technique!|
And that's just this summer! I'm determined to try my hand at some carpentry with a cold frame from old windows to grow some winter greens, beets and broccoli.
Until then, I'll be making carrot salad, arugula topped pizza, artichoke and chard dip, and many many platters of caprese salad. And more things topped with chard. And arugula. And chard. You get the picture.