Saturday, July 24, 2010

Carrot Love

I am up before everyone else in my house right now, and so lately, one of my morning rituals has been a nice long walk in the garden. I water, I weed, I let the chickens out to see what kind of bugs they can find, and I see what is ready for harvest... and so far, all I was really getting was lettuce and peas with the occasional strawberry thrown in for flavor. This morning, I checked the carrot patch. The carrot seed tape worked even better here than I have ever had it work before. I am AMAZED at the results in the raised bed! Perfectly beautiful carrots... all in neat little rows.

I pulled the biggest carrots for a carrot cake (I think I may be able to eat that) and as I was looking at the rest my heart swelled with pride. I did it. I am feeding my family from my garden on my own land. I am feeding them things that normally I would buy, but I don't have to. I am not self sustainable yet by any means... but wow. I am proud of my little space this morning!

It takes years to build a tiny farm like the one I moved away from at the red house. But that wasn't our space. There was a limit to how much I could change the land, how many critters I could put on it, and exactly how much it would give me. Not this time! This time the sky is the limit and I am preparing for every year that we put time, effort, and love into this little space, it will give us that back. Carrots are just the beginning.

(PS BTW, this morning, I feel GREAT!)


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6 comments:

Amanda said...

This is beautiful!! Congratulations on your garden. I hope to do the same someday... :)

leanne said...

Yum! Those carrots look great! Ours aren't quite ready yet. Enjoy that carrot cake.

Jenny said...

Awesome looking carrots! It really is such a great feeling being able to get the freshest veggies right from your own backyard. Hope you'll be sharing your carrot cake recipe...

Best Wishes, Marie said...

i love fresh carrots from the farmer's market. have never grown them. they are so tasty when they are fresh. no "recipe" needed. a simple steam and their flavor is amazing all on its own.

i have a great carrot cake recipe. if you need one, let me know.

best wishes, marie

Kids and Canning Jars said...

I love the colors of the carrots. I need to plant them!!!!

Melissa

ColorSlut said...

So happy that you are feeling better! Are those Atomic Red carrots? Garden carrots are the best!!!!!