Deep rooted – Carrots

The carrot (Daucus carota) is a root vegetable, usually orange in color, though also has different other colors at times as seen in markets.

The most commonly eaten part of a carrot is a taproot.

Started from the seeds, Him and Her read up several information sites and decided to have about 16 plants per square feet for carrot. Spacing the tiny specks of seeds wasn’t done to precision, which is quite plausible.

Later readings and www helped to realize that a mix of the seeds with some grains of sand does well to space out the seeds comfortably.

Ensure to thin out once the saplings are out and about. This is required to have a “carrot” shaped “carrot”  harvest !

With the rocky terrain of the garden plot, inspite of a lot of cleaning the stones before start of gardening, there were carrots that grew around and about the stones/pebbles underground and this posed a challenge in cleaning the crop after harvest.

Heres the first bunch of harvest….Cleaned and spruced up for a picture!
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Rain Check

Come spring and summer (2015), there were showers of blessings accompanied by occasional thunderstorms.Being in the Zone 5 of the planting zones, it was important to check the planting/sowing times, for fear of an unexpected frost after April.
Closely watching the forecast proved useful in decisions about how much to water the plants in the garden plot.
Though there have been incidents of watering the plants and being surprised with rain showers.
Thanks to ample sunlight in the garden plot, most plants did well when challenged by rain or frost.
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One learning while planning the garden plot is to consider the height that the plant can grow to and the sunlight that it can receive and the amount of sunlight it may possibly block to its neighbors.

Yellow Valley

Him and Her planned the inevitable two-day drive between mid west USA (IL) and southern USA (TX).

After what seemed like an all nighter of packing and loading , a cloudy Saturday afternoon was the lucky time of day to start. This was against the chosen planned Saturday Morning.
The bicycles that were constant company in spring, summer and onset of fall season had to move. Thanks to the bicycle stand, and some futile attempts of dissuasion to leave it back, it accompanied Him and Her on the journey.
As much as the thought of reaching the destination created a haste in us, was the temptation to stop by and smell the leaves.
The yellow of the fall season is one of the favorite color for Him and Her especially if it is on a canvas of nature.
This tempted a stop at the nature center to “quickly stop by” and get back on road.
The welcome spectacle at the nature center was sight to behold. The “quick stop” had to be bypassed to a stop and go picture by picture, frame by frame.
Needless to say, no justice done to the clocked colors of nature even with innumerable pictures and frames.
Here’s one ode to nature , which also selfishly speaks of the road trip of Him and Her.
The Sugar Grove Nature Center, IL
The Sugar Grove Nature Center, IL