This was the first time I've ever grown carrots. It shouldn't seem magical, but it was. I've never grown anything before that matures underground. Tomatoes, zucchini, green beans, and cucumbers all develop their fruit above ground, so I can see their progress daily.
There's really something magical about planting carrot seeds and seeing the green leafy tops emerge from the soil. Then they stay about the same for many weeks, the whole while there's me hovering, not knowing what's really going on underground. About once a week I'd pull up one just to see it's progress. And every time I did I was always shocked that this amazingly orange thing was under there the whole time, just waiting for me to yank it out of the ground.
Well, I couldn't wait anymore. After about ten teaser carrots I gave in and harvested about a third of the patch yesterday. And man were they yummy! Forty-one impossibly sweet and crunchy organic carrots each about six or seven inches long. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the ones I didn't eat right away, but I'll publish the recipe when I decide. I'm thinking carrot-ginger soup....mmmmmm, I can already taste it!
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