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Carrot Love | Carrot Art

July 17th, 2009 · 10 Comments · Random Stuff

carrot love artMy wife and son planted some carrots this year. Three of the carrots decided to grow together and create carrot art. I call the “art sculpture” these three carrots created Carrot Love. I’ve never seen anything like it. Have you? FYI: The picture (you can click to enlarge) has three views of the same three intertwined carrots. I know my carrot art may not be the face of Christ on a burnt piece of toast, and I’m not planning to sell the carrots on eBay and make a fortune (I think the carrots have already been eaten)… but I still think my “carrot artwork” is pretty cool. Kind of like the picture I took of balanced rocks.

Anyway, the carrots grew in a large pot in the backyard. We garden in pots and wine barrels as well as the ground because of our gopher problem. I am currently at war with the gophers. I think the gophers have allied themselves with the moles. My gopher traps are catching a lot of dirt. I read Will’s post on trapping gophers, but I’m still catching dirt. However, I did notice something very cool on Will’s post, almost as cool as my Carrot Love art. A comment. A very good comment. The kind of comment that bloggers want. A comment that adds value. The comment was left by GrowMap (aka Internet Strategist). Check out her comment. You should also check out her blog. She recently got a new logo, and wrote a great post about logo design and what makes a logo memorable. It’s one of those posts that makes you wonder, how does a blogger cram this much good content into a single post? If you’re wondering about what makes for a good logo, read her post. And if you want to see what a good comment looks like, read her comment on Will’s post on trapping gophers. Or read some of the comments my readers left on my post about blogging regularity. They are excellent comments as well.

Back to my gopher war for a minute… my neighbor is fighting the same war, with the same results as me (not good). He was telling me that his son-in-law gets gophers with propane. He has a home-built hose contraption hooked up to a bbq propane tank. He sticks the end of the hose into a gopher hole and gasses away. But its not the propane gas that gets the gopher. He then pulls the hose out, and with a long stick with an ignition device on the end, he lights the gas. BOOM. The ground shakes… and the gopher is no more. Supposedly the concussion gets the gopher. What do you think? Have you ever heard of hunting gophers with expoding propane? Would you try it? Just for the record, I’d love to have a truce with our gophers. I’d gladly give them a section of lawn, but not the whole bloody thing. And it’s really when they suck down plants in the garden and threaten to take out the entire thing that I say I just can’t live and let live. I need my fresh, home-grown vegetables…

Feel free to let me know what you think of my Carrot Love carrot art. Or let me know what you think about hunting gophers with propane. Or you can just spam my blog. But if you do decide to spam my blog, read the post and follow my rules. So far only three people have actually followed the rules (I think). I’ve let a few of my regular commenters slide. As to the contest, GrowMap (above) is in the lead. Mitch (who doesn’t actually like gladiators) and oxycontin-loving-JD are tied for second. I’ll say it one more time. Follow the rules. It surprises me how many people don’t read the whole post. I guess they’re too busy leaving comments.

As for me, I have gopher mounds to clean up, and gopher traps to set. I’ve got to protect my carrots. Maybe my carrots will create some more carrot art.

~ veni vidi vici ~

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  • 1 Will // Jul 19, 2009 at 1:24 am

    I don’t even care if I kill a gopher. I HAVE to try the propane method. Anything that involves an explosion is worth a try!

    I used to get carrots like that every year. It was because the seed is so small I would get several seeds right together by accident when sowing. Then they would grow together and look like one plant and get missed when thinning. I now either plant carrots using seed tape, (expensive) or I mix the seed with sand and then sow sand and all. Seems to work well and require less thinning.

    Back to gophers, I have had lots of trouble in the past with dirt being pushed into the traps. The one that was stolen by a coyote or whatever worked that first night, so I decided to replace it. I set if last night and caught one. I put a board over the hole with a rock on it to discourage the carnivorous thieves. The brand is the Victor Black Box.

    Finally as a follow up to our spam posts, here is what I am thinking. I get some 1st time comments that are not all that bad, though not that good either, but that link to a site that is directly selling something more legit than pills, porn, or miracle diets. Boots, dolls, books, stuff like that. I have just started delinking them. If someone is leaving several good comments, I can see letting them have the free link to their store. But if they are only putting up the bare minimum to get the link, I’ll break the link. They can advertise if they really want to. What do you think? Too drastic?

  • 2 The Trade Show Guru // Jul 19, 2009 at 10:27 am

    @Will,
    Since I posted this, I have done some searching on the internet, and have found out my carrot love art is not quite as unique as I thought. I wish I had stayed blissfully ignorant to that fact.
    I like your idea of mixing seed and sand before sowing.
    I caught more dirt last night. I may have to try the propane…
    As to the comment policy, your idea seems reasonable to me (and not at all “too drastic”). I figure when someone leaves keywords what they really want is a link. In that case, they have to EARN it.
    Ajax is on my “to do” list. In the mean time, I think I fixed your first comment. ~ Steve

  • 3 Will // Jul 19, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Thanks Steve. But I do see now that you are not on the latest version of WP. Bad boy! lol.

    The fact that dirt is being pushed into your trap tells you they are there, active, and catchable. What type of trap are you using? I will take a photo of my trap in the ground so you can see how I have it set. I caught another last night.

  • 4 Will // Jul 19, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Steve – You say you may have moles? I have had some success killing them with the Victor Harpoon. Link below.

    http://www.victorpest.com/store/mole-and-gopher-control/B0645-2

  • 5 The Trade Show Guru // Jul 19, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    hey Will,
    Thanks for helping me out!
    That Victor Harpoon is one diabolical looking trap. Looks like it would make a mole-kabob. 🙂
    I’ll have to consider it. ~ Steve

  • 6 Rudy // Aug 6, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Never cared for carrots… until I discovered a Blendtec Blender. I practically juice everything with carrots in it!

  • 7 The Trade Show Guru // Aug 7, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Hi Rudy! Thanks for dropping by. I don’t eat enough carrots (I prefer broccoli). Maybe if I got a juicer I’d eat more carrots (and would see things better too). Or maybe my sight problems are just a part of getting old… 🙂 ~ Steve

  • 8 Brian D. Hawkins // Aug 14, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Just for the heck of it I Googled ‘Carrot Love’ and number one is actually a Flickr pic similar to yours. (Yours is better).

    You have a crazy neighbor. It’s crazy but I’d almost pay to see that lol

  • 9 The Trade Show Guru // Aug 14, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Hi Brian,
    Thanks for the bad news. 🙁 I’m not even on the first page of google for “carrot love” but if you google “carrot love art” this guru RULES THE WORLD! (or at least google).
    Long Live Carrot Love Art!
    Long Live the Guru!
    Today “carrot love art”. Tomorrow “carrot love”. And someday, just “carrot”??
    ~ steve

  • 10 Gail Gardner // Sep 26, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Hi Steve,

    No idea why I didn’t see this back in the day. Came across it today while trying to decide what blogs are “good” and which are “bad according to the big g”. (No….I have not yet figured that out…still researching.)

    I love carrots. I used to eat half a pound of them a day, but perhaps I finally got enough of whatever I needed that is in them to stop eating them daily.

    Glad I came across this because I’m on a new place and one of the dogs delivered 3/4s of a gopher to the porch today. I noticed some of the cabbage plants have gone missing and suspect we have the culprit. But he may have friends.

    So container gardening or putting something solid at the bottom of a raised bed is sounding like a good idea.

    Glad you liked my comment; not everyone does. As for me, if a small business leaves a great comment I figure they deserve the link. Heaven knows they need all the help they can get with Penguins running around. They help until they don’t any more.

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