all you need is… carrots?

So one of the first things I did when we got home was some GARDENING! I weeded and dug and swept and donned a tres elegant pair of gardening gloves and I got scratches and insect bites on my ankles but what I ended up with was a pretty nice looking weed-free backyard. Sweet!

About a year ago I tried my hand at making a vegie patch. It was not very successful. Some slugs got to the broccoli, a bug chewed all the leaves off my orange tree, and my parsley went yellow. I’m not much of a gardener really, but one of my resolutions for 2012 is to become one. Even if I have to colour it in with a texta, this year I plan to have a green thumb. I’m going to learn how to make good soil and I’m going to fertilise regularly and I’m going to prune and water and hopefully (fingers crossed!) I will have a thriving patch of green and colour and flowery fragrance in a few months.

Anyway. Along with the broccoli and the parsley and the orange tree, I also planted some carrots. I tried to be “super urban gardener” and filled a polystyrene box with soil and cronched up eggshells and planted my tiny behbeh carrots and then I watered it with Seasol and then I waited. I was filled with excitement about using my very own home-grown carrots in a salad or a stir-fry or a cake. Four to six weeks later, I pulled one up, expecting a carrot of epic proportions and was met with… a behbeh carrot. Pretty much exactly the same size as the carrot planted a few weeks prior. Clearly, carrots were not my thing. Dejected, I let them run wild, along with the rest of the garden.

So when I put on my gloves a few weeks ago to pull out those carrots, I was shocked at what I found.

LOVE carrots!

So 2011 was not my year for cultivating vegetables. But I have a good feeling about 2012. Along with learning how to make dirt and keep my herbs from going yellow, I’m going to learn how to crochet and how to bake (without burning the bottom of my cakes) and how to dice an onion and how to use my camera. I’m going to learn how to do some amazing magic rope tricks (actual magic, but I couldn’t go past this clip…) and how to jog. I’m going to learn how to treat my plants well and keep them from dying and hopefully, in a few months, I’ll have a regular, edible carrot.