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Veggie Success!

Mary_Gold's_first_harvest_2014I don’t know about you but I’m so glad I’ve finally been able to pick some home-grown veggies from my yard. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to grow my zucchini and cucumber from seed. And the carrots were definitely a learning experience.

The first thing I learned was I didn’t take my friend Roy seriously enough when he told me carrots don’t like “wet – dry – wet – dry” conditions. I wasn’t as diligent as I could have been with watering them.

A second thing I learned was to not be so wimpy about pulling weeds near the carrots. At a certain point, the tops of the carrots looked like…well….the tops of carrots. But since we had planted two different types of carrots (with two different ‘maturity’ times :\), I thought for some reason the tops might look different and I hesitated at pulling the weeds. Well, as the saying goes, she who hesitates is lost. Some of the carrots got choked out by the weeds.

A third thing I learned was it might be better to either plant all the same type of carrots in one area or select varieties that all have the same ‘maturity’ time.

It’s all good, though. My ultimate goal was met. My daughter was more than happy to try the few carrots we were able to pull and thought they were “dee-licious!” Since they are a cool season veggie and less susceptible to frost, we decided to try planting another round (all the same type this time). They should be ready by the middle of October and hopefully before any hard frosts hit. Now I’m just hoping Tuesday’s heavy rains didn’t wash the seeds away. We’ll have to wait and see.

Until next time….

Mary Gold

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