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Finding Buried Treasure Again

November 12, 2010

I just love buried treasure. The last time I found buried treasure I had unearthed some wonderful weathered and insect-eaten corrugated cardboard that had been buried as extra mulch around the garden.

. . . which in turn became part of some collage . . .

. . . and even part of a mixed media painting . . .

And then today I found edible buried treasure. I hadn’t checked on the tiny patch of carrots in a very long time. They were planted in the spring, and didn’t do much at all. Then the summer was long, hot, and dry. So I just let them stay there all summer, watering them frequently along with all the other veggies. I kind of forgot about them till recently, and noticed they were progressing nicely. So today I pulled out four of them.

These are Danvers Half Long, and they are precisely that — about half as long as a regular carrot and bigger around, a variety that’s good for shallow beds. I love these!

There are about a dozen more waiting in that little corner bed. Then I have a larger bed of them that were planted the first of September. I’ll keep them cozy and warm under some pine straw over the winter and maybe tent the whole bed with plastic on the coldest nights and we’ll see what happens.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2010 3:48 pm

    Beautiful collages for sure, and the carrots makes my mouth water. Here we’ve got white frost on the ground. Brr!

  2. November 12, 2010 3:52 pm

    Thanks Hanna! We had 3 or 4 freezing nights already, but they didn’t do much damage to the garden so far. Crossing my fingers that we get a couple of weeks more of this nice fall weather.

  3. November 12, 2010 6:09 pm

    Love these pieces so much Martha! The carrots look very yummy too. I keep saving bits and pieces of weathered papers and such and one of these days I’m gonna just go for it and create something with it all! You inspire me so much it makes my mouth water sometimes…and I’m talking about your artwork now…not your yummy garden. 🙂

    • November 12, 2010 9:08 pm

      Itaya, you totally should just go for it! I think you’d enjoy experimenting with some found papers.

  4. November 13, 2010 5:41 am

    Many times, I started a picture by creating some serendipity background, either stamping it with scrunched paper or by creating a papier maché background. Then, half the painting was already there.
    The 2nd picture reminds me of “Wooden Ships” by Jefferson Airplane.

    • November 13, 2010 7:58 am

      Yes, Eva! Me too. And I love your interpretation of the collage. In fact I titled it “Spectre” because it reminded me of a ghost ship.

  5. November 13, 2010 10:28 pm

    wonderful treasures!

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    November 17, 2010 3:16 pm

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