Our Texas gardening experience the first year and a half here has been one of trial and error. The tomatoes bombed, the basil flourished. The lettuce rocked, the brussels sprouts are still trying to decide what to do. For our kids, the biggest thrill so far was helping to plant carrot seeds—and many, many weeks later, picking the first carrot. And that lead to the biggest garden-based blowout I've ever seen. Yes, my children are fighting over a carrot. Fellow gardeners and vegetarians can appreciate what a perversely proud moment this was.