County Fair Quality Carrots

Nancy had her follow-up meeting with the oncologist and got a clean bill of health. She goes back every 4 months for the next 5 years for routine testing which is just the standard practice. Except for heavy lifting and over exertion, everything else back to normal.

March has sure turned out cool. Things I usually have in the garden are still in the house or well protected under covers in the garden. We’ll have a few days in the 80’s with night time temps in the 60’s and then in comes a cold front that drops the night temps into the 40’s. Too cold for things like jalapeno peppers. It is extending cabbages and the green leafy veggies beyond normal so it’s overall been beneficial. I can protect from cold but nothing at all I can do with a heat overload. It actually looks like this cool trend is going to extend into April so I’ll actually be covering sensitive plants way beyond normal expectations.

I grew an oddity in the garden this year-a white beet. I guess it was an albino since it was one of a kind in a plot of about 50 regular, red beets. I had three such beds so it was one of one fifty. Further, I’ve grown beets here for 5 years (with limited success up until this year) but for years in Utah and never had anything but the traditional pure red beets. You could tell looking at the leaves and stem that it was a different critter. Normally the stems and veins in the leaves are dark red but this one plant had white veins and stems. We gave it away along with other beets so we’ll never know if it tastes any different. Too late to think about it now but I never should have given it away without answering that question. It also might have been interesting to have just left it in the ground until it went to seed and captured those seeds. The other oddity this year is the incredible carrots. In the past my carrots have been tasty but mostly ugly – all bent and with multiple prongs into the ground. Not this year – beautiful, long, straight carrots and tasting better than ever. As with all the other good stuff, I’m hoping that the difference this year has been the quality of the garden soil crossing over into the excellent category rather than a quirk of the weather.
Ya Ya carrots
While on weirdly colored veggies, Chris mentioned to his nutritionist that I was growing the purple potatoes. She’s interested to find out how that works because the “real” purple potatoes are grown in volcanic soil. I don’t doubt her knowledge of the subject but I immediately went to a couple of seed catalogs and checked their purple potato offerings to see if anyone mentioned a soil requirement. Not a word so we have a mystery in the making

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