I haven’t been to the farm in two weeks. I needed to take a break and get myself back together. I thought that I will concentrate on finishing the paperwork for the loan of the new house, but what do you know, the bank came back saying they are not approving our construction loan. It’s a long story, but we might need to sell our current house and move to a rental or the RV for the duration of the constructions. Or maybe we will just decide to wait a couple more years. It’s all in the air for us right now, and I hate it. I am a bit of a control freak, I admit, and not knowing what is coming is driving me crazy. The wait is driving me crazy. It takes the bank forever to give you a damn simple answer.
The garden is a mess, but things still grow in between the weeds. I am still debating if I should just let everything go and wait until we move there, keep fighting the weeds around what is still growing but not plant any more, or downsize and keep growing food for our family (that means the kids and I will have to keep driving an hour to the farm and back at least twice a week). I just don’t know what the right thing to do is… Do you?
One thing is for sure, those past two weeks I missed the country air badly. I was very happy to make the drive and spend a day on the farm even though I feel like I am losing control of the garden. There is still a lot of food growing there, like, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, cabbage, zucchini, peas (we picked all of them yesterday), beans, onion, garlic, potatoes (most of them were eaten by the Colorado Potato Beetle), kale, sweet potato and those amazing carrots.
Those are Laguna carrots from Johnny’s. I planted three beds of carrots; I have hundreds of carrots… Now that I am not going to the farmer’s market anymore, I am not sure what to do with so many carrots. I was thinking of donating some of them to the local soup kitchen. We’ll see.
Anyway, those carrots were growing in leaf mulch without irrigation. I didn’t have a perfect germination rate because I didn’t keep the soil as moist as it should have been after planting and before the seeds germinated. Still many germinated just fine (85% maybe…) and grew great. In fact, I never grew such beautiful carrots before. Usually they are all twisted and funny-looking. The taste is great too. Very sweet. I will definitely grow this verity again.
The kids enjoyed the picking very much and ate about 17 carrots each. I’ll never get my kids to eat a carrot from the grocery store with such enthusiasm. However, let them pull it from the ground and clean the soil off with their clothes and suddenly they are a bunch of little bunnies. Of course, you can’t compare the taste of homegrown organic carrot to the orange stick they sell you at the grocery store, but still… Some kind of magic is happening when you pull food from the ground.
On our way out, I sneaked onto my neighbor’s porch and left them a bunch of carrots. They weren’t home, and I felt kind of bad to practically trespass (giving the fact that I don’t know them very well yet), but I had organic carrots for crying out loud. That’s a good enough reason to break the law if you ask me. I hope they enjoy them.
I’ll keep you updated about the house. Hopefully, we will be able to pull it off and next year we will be living on the farm.
Meanwhile, tell me what you would have done with all those carrots…