When I was a kid, our California back yard boasted a lot of neat stuff. There was the "playhouse", a hut that our mom wove out of sticks. It had a door, a window, and a loft area for storing toys. The thing was so well made, it took an axe to finally tear it down.
We had a chicken yard, too. A neighbor gave my sister and I two roosters, so we sectioned off a third of the yard for a chicken coop and scratching ground. We gradually amassed a whole flock of castoff hens with distinct personalities and some of the best eggs in Orange County.
Another well-remembered feature was the garden. Spinach, asparagus, sunflowers; there was a little bit of everything. I liked the green onions, but the carrots were my favorite. I probably killed quite a few in my impatience to "see if they were ready yet". Dig 'em up, sigh, put 'em back. As I got older, I learned to count off the days on the calendar before expecting a harvest.
I'm still impatient, but I keep more carrots alive.
Carrots are great. They come in cool colors, from white to orangey red to purple. They're loaded with nutrients, like the ever-popular Vitamin A. They're also a grat snack choice, and not just because of the flavor. Anybody can inhale a box of cookies with mindless ease. Chomping on a carrot takes work. When you eat a carrot, you know you've had a serious snack.
The only thing I've never really gotten into is cooked carrots. They strike me as mushy and bland. I'm told that cutting a carrot crossways slices through the cells of the carrot structure, allowing the "good stuff" to leak out into the cooking water. Maybe if I bake them whole or something...
How do you like your carrots? Have you ever grown them? What's your favorite kind?