While watering the garden last evening, I detected the merest hint of green in the row planted with carrots.  The bed is heavily mulched and even though we brushed the straw away to sow the seeds, the wind has blown some of it back.  Consequently, the soil surface is not readily visible and neither are any seedlings when they first break through.  But although their leaves are tiny, the seedlings are a brilliant green and against the pale tan backdrop of the mulch, the bright color indicates the seedlings’ arrival subtly.

Today, it was clearer that they had arrived even if it is still not exactly obvious.  The leaves of the carrot seedlings are long and very narrow in contrast, for instance, to the wide, rounded leaves of the radishes and turnips.  Nonetheless, it is not surprising in light of their family ties to dill, tarragon and other herbs.  (And, of course, when I refer to leaves at this stage in the plants’ development, I mean cotyledons.  The true leaves will emerge later.)