Wednesday, April 28, 2010

What's up, Doc?

Flowering kale leaned way over in the garden bed, and it wasn't until this morning's walk around that I noticed some of the Nantes and Danvers half long carrots were bolting. Time to get them all out, I decreed! I was like a cartoon digger, flinging carrots up and out.

Then I decided to go all Michelle on my picture. Think I'm going to give her a run for her money? Instead of Martha Stewart's stylist, I think I look like "crazy gardener about to be committed, makes an alien-attracting 'Close Encounters'-like pile."


Anyhow, lots and lots of carroty goodness. Changed the menu for my potluck side dish this weekend from salad to carrot slaw. Maybe carrot cake. And carrot muffins. And carrot sticks. . .

14 comments:

Dan said...

Oh they look tasty! Nice photo, it has a gourmet magazine feel to it ;-)

Kristin said...

That is a stunning photo of carrots and to think--you grew them too! Fantastic green thumb Lady.

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Awesome. I'll bet you have *perfect* soil for growing carrots.

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

Wonderful! The carrots look very tasty indeed. I wonder if this last weekend's warm spell fooled them into thinking spring was over? Of course, since then it's been cold and damp...oh well. Carrot cake sounds perfect to me! :P

Engineeredgarden said...

You have plenty - that's for sure!

Daphne said...

That is a very nice pile of carrots. Carrot cake sound pretty good, but to be honest I love it for its frosting more than the cake part.

Erin said...

I have problems growing a decent harvest of carrots, so I love ogling over yours!

kitsapFG said...

That's a lovely mess of carrots! Fun picture too! We wrapped up our overwintered carrot harvests a few weeks ago, so now there is none for us until the new crop comes of age. They are tiny little green shoots at the moment so we have a while to wait. By the end of winter I am getting tired of carrots as they are a staple in the winter garden so a period of absence is actually good in the spring because we are ready for them again once they are ready.

Mr. H. said...

Very nice carrots, ours are just beginning to show themselves and here you are worrying about bolting. Will you plant another crop of them?

Stefaneener said...

Dan, thanks. If a gourmet magazine had a sense of humor, maybe!

Kristin, I still get amused when I pull a big carrot -- Hey, I grew that! I wonder if it will ever get old.

Lisa, we do. Good loamy sand. My sister struggles with clay and doesn't have much luck, carrot-wise.

CVF, everything is nuts. Plus, these were planted somewhere like September, so they're old.

EG, no kidding. Pounds and pounds. Plus the ones in the fridge.

Daphne, for me it's the pecans!

Erin, I have never had good luck until I switched to fall.

kitsapFG, it works sort of the same way for me. I'm more willing to pull out things at the end of the season, when I'm thoroughly sick of them. Out with peas! In with tomatoes, things like that. It's one thing that makes seasonal gardening and eating fun for me.

Mr. H, I have a hard time keeping them wet unless it's raining. Starting them now would mean at least a heavy mulch. I'm going to consult my planting bible, _Golden Gate Gardening_, and see if I have any more time.

Jan said...

They look nice and big, and is that a candle in the centre? :-)

Jackie said...

Great looking carrots. Pulling carrots is probably my most FUN thing to do in the garden.

Christina said...

Gorgeous photo--very Dutch master, with the light and rich colors. Nicely done.

And I know, Michelle's pictures always make me drool. Have you checked out her good bug post yet? She does such good work.

Kimmie said...

Hello! Your carrots look lovely. This is my first year to try growing them. I'm wondering when to harvest. Do I really go by the calendar (60 - 75 days) or do I go by how the tops look?