Thursday, July 14, 2011

Our Backyard Is Pregnant

That is really what a garden is, isn't it? I suppose thinking of the earth as a womb lends quite easily to the Mother Earth myth, but really, that's exactly what our garden is. We planted seeds, and in the safety and the darkness of the soil, things grew.

And now we're eating them.

(Have any of you ever heard of the Arrogant Worms? You should probably watch this video.)

In all seriousness though, I am officially in love with my garden. Almost exactly a month ago, Mocha gave you a very thorough tour. Now, my rows of carrots and lettuce and my ring of broccoli have all filled in that much more. Filled in so much, in fact, that I realized it was time to thin my carrots if I wanted ones of a decent size at all. Perhaps even, too late. According to the vast realm of the Internet, I should have done this back when my plants were only 3 inches tall. They are at lease 5, perhaps 6.

I started to pull. Carrots come up easily, some with just tiny orange roots, others with full blown 'baby' carrots. I was amazed, surprised, pleased with the small pile of carrots beside my garden fence. A quick nibbled and I got a little dirt against my tongue mixed with the crunchy, hard sweetness of the orange flesh. It was delightful.

I took the rest in, washed them up, trimmed their ends and added the handful of real, straight-from-the-ground baby carrots to our pizza dinner. I'm not really sure what I thought would happen when I planted carrot seeds, but somehow, the fresh crunch of the veggies filled me with an overwhelming sense of pride. I grew these!

I could get used to gardening, I think.

A Disclaimer

Since I know food choices can be a touchy subject, I wanted to add this disclaimer before the potential influx of offended readers. The Arrogant Worms video is a light-hearted poke and not meant to be taken seriously. I am sorry if any of my readers choose to take offense to it.


  1. That's amazing! I would love to have a veggie garden but alas I don't think the squirrels and raccoons would let me.

  2. I'm jealous of your garden. We're hoping to start one next year. That video was hilarious!

  3. Your garden photos are absolutely beautiful and the video is a riot! There is something so empowering about growing a garden. We love ours and it has brought so much pleasure to our lives and of course good food! ;) Thank you for sharing about your garden with us at Inspiration Friday!


  4. @At The Picket Fence

    Thank you, Heather! Unfortunately, the past week or so has been so hot I've had no time for maintenance. Weeds!

  5. Hi Nettie! We wanted you to know that we are featuring your post at Inspiration Friday this week. It will post this afternoon. :) We both loved your photograph with the carrots and thought it needed to be shown off. :) Feel free to grab an I've Been Featured button. Thank you again for sharing with us at Inspiration Friday.