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Finally, something sprouted in my carrot patch

By Penny Stine

I know a watched pot never boils (which, technically, is not true) but yet I still go out and check every day to see if the carrots have sprouted.

I know, get a life, right?


Here’s one of 100+ seeds I pre-germinated in paper towels. There is one more about eight inches from this one. There were more, but when we had the evening low of 26 degrees a week or two ago, I think some of them keeled over in shock.


I also discovered that something had ripped a hole in the paper towel (under a layer of dirt), and taken a chunk of soil (birds, rodents?), which enabled me to lift a little corner of the paper towel sandwich to see if I could see any signs of life. There was something still alive, green and growing. So I will keep faithfully watering it.


I scattered some seeds a week after I did the paper towel trick and have been watering those pretty generously too. Can you see the little carrots that have sprouted?

 

 

The funny thing is that although I like carrots, it’s not like they’re my favorite thing in the world to eat. There are plenty of other things that grow well that I like just as well. But now that I’ve started on my quest to grow them, I will continue until I succeed.

Give me carrots or give me death.  

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