Carrot Conceit

Here is a picture of some carrots that came out of my garden this morning. IMG_4374A woman showing these would say: “Here are some carrots I grew this year. Well, I had a lot of help, of course. They’re kind of crooked, because I didn’t get the soil prepared as well as I had hoped. I accidentally pulled out a couple that are too small, because I didn’t thin them soon enough. I think they’ve probably gotten a bit tough and bitter because I picked them too late in the season. And obviously, they need washing!”

A man would say: “Hey, lookit these great carrots I grew!”

Fellow blogger (I shall call her Marcie) just posted a beautiful braid she made from home-grown garlic. The title of her blog-post is: “Clearly there is room for improvement.” I rest my case. (To see her braid, go here): https://thevalliereblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/16/clearly-there-is-room-for-improvement/

I am far from a shrinking violet, and toot my own horn plenty. Yet I, too, often emphasize my failings when I blog. (Actually I find myself charming and funny when I do this.)

But not today! Today I am going to set aside self-put-downs, and share with you my utter delight in my garden this year. It’s the best garden I’ve ever grown, and I am filled with joy every time I step out my door. I’m going to make you look at the pictures as if they were my grandchildren, and I want to hear some “Awwwws”!

Enormous tomatillo, tomato and pepper patch this year!
Enormous tomatillo, tomato and pepper patch this year!

 Keyhole sustainable garden. This is its first year, converted from a square garden with compacted soil.

Keyhole sustainable garden. This is its first year, converted from a square garden with compacted soil.

First attempt at growing artichokes (from seed! in Virginia!)
First attempt at growing artichokes (from seed! in Virginia!)
Cantaloupe sprawling on the right, cover-crop buckwheat on the left, and second planting of pole beans in the middle
Cantaloupe sprawling on the right, cover-crop buckwheat on the left, and second planting of pole beans in the middle.
This nearly-ready beauty is a volunteer!
This nearly-ready beauty is a volunteer! (Note carrot leaves just behind.)
I live in a cozy mixed neighborhood. This is what folks walking down the sidewalk past my house see.
I live in a cozy mixed neighborhood. This is what folks see while walking down the sidewalk past my house.
View into the back garden from the side gate. Hydrangeas held up by a repurposed crib I found on the sidewalk.
View into the back yard from the side gate. Hydrangeas held up by a repurposed crib I found on the sidewalk.
Carrot Selfie!
Carrot Selfie! Note red carrot, which matches my magenta T-shirt!
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