Before I get into the main story, here's another fail moment that I had to capture on camera. I reached for the oatmeal in the cupboard, and...
Fail #4. Squash. This one isn't very exciting, but last year I had three squash plants in my yard that I started from seedlings. They looked like the picture below, with beautiful healthy leaves, and bright yellow flowers. Guess what happened to them? They were eaten by squash bugs - literally eaten to stems. No squash last year - but I'm trying again this year! Winter squashes, not summer squashes. Cross your fingers for me.
|Such pretty flowers. It could have been a squash!|
|Celery plant #1 growing some roots in a shallow dish. RIP.|
|Celery #X: This one died out in the cold. I wasn't really surprised that it died, so my mourning was extremely tempered.|
Fail #2. Daffodils. I'll elaborate on these last two stories. The previous apartment that Ben and I rented had these beautiful daffodils in the front yard. Gorgeous, multicolored flowers that pop up just when you're getting really sick of winter.
I found one bulb off to the side that was sticking out of the ground. So I decided to bring it inside and put it in a pot! Then, I accidentally snapped it. What do you mean snapped it, Carolyn? Here:
|Yeah. It never came back after that.|
But wait, that's not all. I had the (actually brilliant, not a fail) idea of digging up the excess bulbs in the fall and bringing them with us to our new apartment. After carefully layering them in pots, I watered and watched them do nothing during the winter, and was excited to see beautiful stems poking out in January. I watched and I waited, and they grew and grew:
Then Easter came around and the bulbs were SO close to blooming. I took these pictures periodically, because I was planning on having a bulb-to-bloom post about how beautiful the daffodils were. Also because i wasn't sure what color daffodil bulbs we have. See close to blooming flowers:
|So close to bloom!|
And then it was hot in Seattle for a couple of days. And apparently I was supposed to water my plants in pots. (But I live in Seattle!). And the blooms completely dried out. No daffodils. No daffodils?! Yep, no more daffodils this year...
Ben was quick to remind me that they'll bloom again next year. Thanks babe.
Fail #1. Carrots. I love carrots. Roasted, raw, in stew; orange, purple, organic, non-organic. All kinds of carrots. I started some in the fall last year, and I was really excited about them. I planted maybe 20. Then the adorable cat next door scratched around the seedlings, and then there were only four. They were too tiny all winter to harvest, but tonight I was going to roast some carrots from my farm share and thought, hey! Let's add the biggest carrot from the garden! They look almost ready (and I planted a new crop, and need space for new seedlings). Here's what the green foliage looked like:
|That looks big and tasty doesn't it?!|
So I carefully dug around the root, got a solid grip, and pulled!
Well, little carrot, I can't very well put you back in the ground, can I? (My hands aren't very big). I took it in the kitchen and hoped that it wasn't quite as bad as I thought. Then I tried not to laugh.
Nope, still a tiny carrot. Well, I decided to wash it off and roast it anyway. After taking a bite off the bottom. And guess what? It didn't taste very good. Not sweet, kinda bitter. A bit carrot-esque, but not extraordinary...
|Can you guess which one is from my garden?|
We'll just say Full Circle did a much better job growing carrots than I did. But on the plus side, it's a fancy white carrot!!! OoooOOoOo. Unfortunately it was about half that size once it was done roasting. I was surprised - after a good 30 minutes at 400, it was actually really tasty. For the one or two chews that we got at least. Here's hoping to better carrots next time!
Are there any gardening fails that you've learned from?