Lowering Our Home-Grown Expectations
I was so glad to read this article. I have attempted carrots twice and they were always ugly. Once in the ground, and they could not wiggle their way through the clay and another year in pots, but tried to separate the seedlings instead of thinning them - I later found out that carrots do not like to be messed with, but I can't bare to kill the little plants. So my husband has forbidden me from growing them again, or so he thinks. I'll give it one more try.
He does rave about his potatoes and eats the fresh green beans.
We donate a great deal of our produce through Plant A Row Lehigh Valley, which is now in its 6th season.
This year, some of my yellow squash grew in huge loop shapes because the plant was too crowded and the fruits got creative grew around it. I did some pruning and it stopped happening, but those loopy squashes were definitely just as tasty as their straighter siblings!
I agree produce is good no matter what the shape; they ought to sell this produce at a reduced price; thanks;
Home grown absolutely tastes better even if not grocery store perfect. The love and care and time put in to growing food and flowers is so satisfying…my blood pressure has never been this good since I started growing things - food, plants and flowers…
I was so happy to read this! I started seriously gardening last year. Because my own garden produce is imperfect I have come to realize that 'perfect' grocery-store produce can only be achieved by wasting a LOT of food. And this isn't even considering the waste of resources generated to transport that produce to your store. If any of your readers are interested in gaining more perspective on this issue and also reading a great story of a family subsisting on their own produce, try Barbara Kingsolver's 2007 book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
Thanks Janis! I agree. Everyone should read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. A great book by a great author who walks the talk.
Hello! For the first time, I grew parsnips starting them from seed indoor under the grow lamp. I followed the directives for planting them in the garden, distance and depth wise but they grew very big and round, full of little roots all over and very gnarly. BUT, they are delicious! What do you could have caused this? Thank you!
Glad to hear that you were successful in growing parsnips. They are delicious! Not totally sure why yours were misshapen but it could be that your soil is compacted or has a high amount of clay making it difficult for the roots to elongate. Some varieties are naturally big and round near the top with a narrow root. It could also be caused by shallow watering. Roots go where the water is so those little feeder roots could have been getting moisture near the top of the soil if it was too dry deeper down. I hope that doesn't keep you from growing them again!