Sunday, August 7, 2011

Carrots and a Birthday...

Spent Saturday morning planting a fall crop of carrots:

I haven't had good luck with carrots before, but I also didn't know they're real tough to get to germinate -- can take upwards of three weeks. Because they're planted very shallow (1/8" to 1/4" max) they're also very sensitive to moisture so one trick is to put burlap over the row and water it each day until you see the carrots germinating.

Rainbow Blend
Nantes Long 6-1/2" 70 Days
Royal Chantenay 6-1/2" 70 Days
Little Fingers 3-1/2" 65 Days

Ran out to my friend Eric's family cottage on West Island, Fairhaven that afternoon -- what a beautiful spot. While I didn't weigh it, I brought a bag that had to be a solid 15# of mixed veggies of tomatoes, potatoes, white onions, beans, squash, zukes...first really good mixed harvest of the year. Missy made Honest...I don't think I'll ever be able to eat it from a can or even in a restaurant ever again.

Sunday it rained -- had 3-3/4" of rain! So I spent my birthday cleaning the kitchen.

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