A Carrot’s a Carrot, No Matter How Small…

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I always look forward to walking around the garden when I get home from work. It’s my daily ritual. It lifts me up; it’s what saves most of my days. I reconnect with nature and breathe. And sometimes, I get to pick a little something delicious right from the soil. Today was one of those days.

Just before dark, I saw the most precious little carrot top sticking out of the dirt and gave the greens a yank. And wouldn’t you know it? There was a 2″ tangerine-colored carrot under all that green! You see, we started these seeds in mid-October and swore they’d never amount to anything. After all, the location of the bed is less than ideal during the winter months. Saying it gets three hours of sun might be a generous estimate. So we didn’t expect much. But the tops kept growing and were the most perfect emerald green. We pushed on. It paid off.

These little guys may only be 2″ long, but they’re delicious and all ours. Perhaps the length is due to them being “Short and Sweets.” Perhaps it’s due to the lack of sun. Perhaps we just stink at growing carrots. No matter, any gardening endeavor that ends in edible and delicious organic veggies is a success.

Happy winter gardening, my friends,

Jenna

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17 thoughts on “A Carrot’s a Carrot, No Matter How Small…

  1. These carrots are adorable and I love how you say that they’re ALL YOURS. From start to finish. Such an amazing thing. I miss my little (not very thriving) garden in Alabama. I don’t know if the summer season is long enough in Chicago for tomatoes, but I hope to find out!

    • You can absolutely grow tomatoes in Chicago! Try a determinate variety that has a short turnaround. Cherry varieties always seem to be the quickest. My boyfriend is from Michigan and his family always grows tomatoes without issue. I assume your locale wouldn’t be that much different. If you’d like any suggestions, feel free to ask! 🌱

  2. So cool! I wish I could have an outdoor winter garden! I am posting about my indoor garden today. Come check it out. All about growing microgreens, which I am totally in love with! I don’t think there is anything better than little baby fruits and vegetables! They are too darn cute and are loaded with health! Thanks for posting. It makes me want to make a trip out to the winter farmers market this weekend.

    • As for these two little guys, I just cleaned the dirt off and ate them. Well, my honey and I split one, and my pup had the other. Carrots are her favorite snack! We always joke that the carrot patch is her project. 😊

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