I had my biennial eye exam yesterday. Maybe I tried too hard during the exam; how could I still have 20/20 vision? I thought I might need some real glasses, but no, I just need a pair of “computer bi-focals.” Thanks to a tip from reader Bernard Saint, I’m going to skip right over to Eyelook Optical in Portsmouth and get a pair this week, right after I plant some carrots.
I love carrots; they’re bright orange (like a Moxie can), they’re crunchy and delicious, and they’re good for you! Maybe the reason I still have good vision at my age is because I’ve eaten a lot of carrots in my life. Carrots are full of Vitamin A, which is said to be a preventer of eye problems. I’m not a doctor, so I don’t know about the eye-curative claims of carrots. I do know that almost everyone, including me, loves eating carrots.
But when I ask other gardeners about growing them, I get a crop of negativity. I hear things like “they’re too much work” and “why grow them when you can buy them in the store?” and “I’ll never grow them again.”
Where’s the love now?
According to my packet of Seed Savers Exchange “Danvers” carrot seeds:
“Sow seeds outdoors 3-4 weeks before last spring frost or as soon as soil can be worked. Tamp soil firmly; keep bed moist until emergence. Germination is slow and uneven, so be patient.”
This is what Carla Emery has to say about carrots in “The Encyclopedia of Country Living:”
“Carrots are easy: quick to grow and mature, productive in a limited space, unscathed by diseases and insects (at least in my garden), cheerfully colored, delicious, and nourishing.”
Let me summarize and translate all of this for you: “You can sow some carrot seeds right now. They’re easy to grow, but slow to germinate. Good luck to you, Miss Impatience.”
I suppose there is a lot more I could say about carrots; I could tell you the now-funny story of the day I choked on a carrot in my first corporate gig while everyone was at lunch. Who doesn’t have an “I choked on a carrot” story? It’s such a regular happening in my current office, when we hear someone crunching and coughing, we just shout out “hands up!
All choking aside, I’m putting “planting carrots” on my “to do” list for this week. It’s time.
Are you planting carrots this year?