Happy New Year to all!
I don’t seem to find my way to the computer very often these days, and the garden is still suffering a bit as well. Owen is a delicious baby and I treasure all the time I spend with him, but miss writing Farmlet updates, and have made a New Year’s resolution to write at least one post a week. Hmm. . .but here it is the 9th of January and I’m just writing the first post of the year, so we’ll have to see how things work out!
Our rather neglected garden is still yielding some lovely vegetables. We made a baked vegetable dish last night comprised of “bull’s blood” beets, two kinds of carrots, zucchini and burdock root. I thought the bright colours of the vegetables looked like jewels, and begged Kevin to take a photo.
It is very gratifying to be eating carrots from the garden at last. I had three failed attempts at direct-seeding a bed of carrots before finally deciding to sow them in flats and transplant them into the garden at 4-inch spacings. Anyone who is familiar with carrot seedlings will appreciate that this was rather fiddly work! I think Kevin was wondering if I’d gone a bit nuts — or, since I was pregnant at the time, he may just have surmised that I was putting a horticultural spin on the nesting impulse. Anyway, after spending all that time transplanting carrot seedlings, I would have been gutted if the crop had failed. I planted two kinds of carrots, Scarlet Nantes and Nutri Red. Both are cropping well. The Scarlet Nantes are your typical sweet orange carrot, while the Nutri Red are a pinky-red colour, and supposedly have a higher nutrient content than most other carrot varieties. They are not quite as sweet as the Scarlet Nantes, and are nicer cooked than eaten raw. We love the extra colour that the red and orange carrots are adding to our meals.
Update from the cow paddock (Herman Beefsteak is growing up big and beefy!)
More news from the garden
An updated baby photo
and more. . .