Garden Update: We Have Carrots!

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by on July 20, 2010

IMG_7569 This was the first time I have ever planted carrots and I have to say the hardest part is knowing when they are ready. We have just been waiting, and waiting, and…well, you get the idea.

Now, I’m not completely sure these carrots were done growing. Some of them are just little bitty carrots, but they taste AMAZING. Actually, I couldn’t believe how fresh they smell. If you have ever had fresh from the ground carrots, then you probably know what I mean- but it was incredible.

IMG_7571 And although they aren’t huge, they added a nice touch to my salads this week. I didn’t pick them all though since I wanted to see if they would grow more…

The rest of the garden is suffering a bit from the heat. My zucchini doesn’t look very happy and isn’t producing anymore. The cherry tomatoes are still producing like crazy, but I don’t think we’ll get more big tomatoes (even though it is under shade now).  We now have 2 watermelon growing again! (YEA!). I’ll post more pictures next week’s garden update.

Now, it’s your turn, what surprises are you finding in your garden? What is growing and starting to produce? What are your challenges? Pests? Heat? If you have a blog, link up your blog post with Mr.Linky. If not, leave a comment- I’d love to hear how your garden is growing!

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  • I’m jealous over your carrots. I’d give anything to grow carrots. All we can seem to grow is cucumbers – and lots of them.

  • Thanks, Kelly! We had a ton of cucumbers last year. This year I have pickling cucumbers, which don’t seem to produce as much- but the plant also doesn’t “take over” the garden- which is good, too :)

  • Congrats on your carrots! Isn’t it fun to pull them up and see how long they may be or if they have legs and anatomy? :) You are totally right, that fresh carrot smell is second-to-none. Last year we pulled a few and then waited about another month before pulling the rest. They did get longer and fatter. Theoretically you could grow carrots all year long… lucky…!

  • Thank you, Gardens of Plenty! I really thought that, too. Here the rest of my garden is wilting away in this heat and the carrots are thriving. I was afraid we wouldn’t get any- but was so surprised at how well they are doing. I can’t wait to see how the rest do…

  • Yay for carrots! I opted to try and wait until fall planting for those… my biggest challenge also is knowing when things are ready. I have 2 cucumbers growing but they seem to be getting fatter, not longer, so I’m not sure what to do! I will have to post some updates with pics for you to see what I mean… and my green beans never produced :(
    .-= Kara´s last blog ..Garden Updates! =-.

  • Those carrots look so fresh! They would definitely be perfect for salads and other recipes. I love garden fresh ingredients for my cooking. I also have carrots in my garden but not that many. Mostly I have peppers and herbs. But anyway, thanks for sharing this post. Wonderful!

  • Your carrots are cute. I just harvested some potatoes and I made some mashed potato with it. It tastes yummy and fresh. Fresh veggies are really the best! My squash are starting to produce some fruits and it getting me so excited to make squash soup. I hope that it is fast to grow. I have problems with worms in my cabbage plant and I hope that pure worm casting will work.

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