Sunday, September 26, 2010


Yesterday I found myself musing over the fact that certain things grow better at certain times of the year even though the temperatures may be very similar. I'm seeing that carrots are working the same way.

The carrots I planted in the early spring did eventually bulk up, but not to much wider than finger's width. I actually still have some in the ground that have been there since March and they're still not larger than my pinkie finger.

These carrots, on the other hand, were planted in late August or early September, I can't remember which. Here's how they looked a few weeks ago.

Here's how they look now. These are most likely the best looking carrot tops I've had. Now I'm hopeful to test my theory. I'm thinking they need the warm weather to grow the nice tops and hopefully....HOPEFULLY, the cooler weather they keep teasing us with will help them to grow nice, fat roots.

Hey, it's only a theory, but hopefully it will work. If this is the case, I just need to retrain my mind. There's no sense in planting broccoli and cabbage over and over in the fall if it's not going to grow well and get destroyed by cabbage worms when they're less prevalent in the spring. There's no sense in planting chard and lettuce in the fall when the squirrels leave it alone in the spring. At the same time, if carrots do better in the fall, I shouldn't try to force them to grow in the spring. Yes. I just need to retrain my mind to see that you can't force things to grow that don't want to, and I'd be opening up valuable real estate to grow what will.

I've also been thinking of adding a "reviews" page to the Keychains for a Cause page. I got an email yesterday from someone asking about my credibility and realized that the average joe from the Internet wouldn't realize that when they place their order, their purchase REALLY will show up in the mail in a few days. If you've purchased a key chain, and you wouldn't mind me using your words that you've left here or in other places, please either leave a comment here or email me. I'd appreciate it.

Then.....On to some bling! My mother's been asking me to make a "flashy" key chain to send to my grandmother. She loves things with some pizazz, so here it is!
Now that's fancy pants! I took it outside to photograph so you could see the beading on it a bit better. I love the way it looks on my wrist also, although I made it a bit wider so she wouldn't have to struggle to get her fist inside it.
This key chain and the chenille one below will be up on the website shortly!
The morning comes early. Sweet gardening dreams.


  1. carrots-shmarrots! I'm jealous, yours look great! LOVE the "flashy" keychain, she will be happy to get that!

  2. Crap! I'm jealous of the carrots - mine aren't doing well at all. However, i'll let them grow throughout the winter months, and see if I can finally get it right for a change.

  3. EG, I'm thinking it's the winter months that will work for us in the carrot department. If I pull these around November, December, I bet they'll be pretty decent. Not Granny carrot fat, but decent.

  4. Erin, I just called her and let her know the flash was on its way. She was giddy.

    You know, the more I kept it on my wrist the more I liked it. It really looks like a bracelet with all of the metalic thread and beading. Now I'll have to make myself one!

  5. Oh, my, yes. I'll vouch for your honesty, and you may quote me all you want!

    Alex (Ribbit) is a joy to deal with. She makes a quality product for a reasonable price, and is extremely prompt with shipping. I am the proud owner of two wristlets and a key fob (I use the fob as a zipper pull on my purse), and I'm very happy with them. You can see the ones I purchased at

    Please support Alex and the Relay for Life team in the search for a cure for cancer.

  6. I definitely share your opinion when it comes to growing carrots. I have not had a good carrot harvest yet this year. The ones I started August 1st look amazing now though. For me, I think it was a matter of nitrogen. I think I overdid the fertilizer when planting my spring carrots. And the hot weather didn't help either. Also, I found that even if your fall carrots don't have good sized roots by November, they will continue to fatten up in December and January if given some protection.