Real carrots and fava beans!

July 24, 2010 § 1 Comment

We planted our backyard garden in October 2009.  I was in charge of planting 400 carrot seeds.  The carrot patch promptly filled up with weeds, and it took us awhile to figure out what carrot tops looked like.  I was ready to quit on them, when J discovered these tiny little sprigs of carrot top amid the weeds.  They had survived being drowned in weeds and getting scant sun.  Because of J’s special attention to the little carrot plants, we ended up with a patch of about 20 carrots!  Amazing.    We have found them to be tender and sweet.

We also harvested our whole patch of fava beans.  We didn’t know that we would need to stake them, so the plants started collapsing.  The little m was very serious about helping to shell the favas.  I would break open the pods, and she would remove the beans, place them in a bowl, and discard the pods.  She diligently worked for half an hour, once in awhile declaring, “I do beans!”


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