Monday, February 8, 2016

Get your paws off my carrots

Just kidding. Indie the senior citizen rescue dog can have as many of my carrots as she wants. And she may want several.

Get your paws off my carrots

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Just kidding. Indie the senior citizen rescue dog can have as many of my carrots as she wants. And she may want several.

Indie belongs to Michaelann Velicky, the gardener/farmer in Elkins Park who's turned her 1/3-acre property into a mini-farm. Indie likes to dig up carrots in the garden, and while I was there, she unearthed two. The carrots weren't ripe yet, so her munching sounded like a machine disposing of wood.

Actually, it's just like my carrots. Funny thing, I didn't plant any this year and I don't remember planting them last year. Never had much luck. But I have a bumper crop as I write this. Now if I can just figure out when to pull them up. I don't have an Indie around to dispose of the underripe ones ...

Michaelann yelled at her - sort of. Then she said, "It's OK. I plant extra carrots now."

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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

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