When we moved to the country last year, we were excited to plant our first garden. In the past, we planted a few things here or there but didn’t really have the space we needed. So, over the summer, we finally planted our first real garden.
Next was the fun part; we needed to pick what we wanted to grow! We went back and forth on some options, but we made our final decision based on which foods Oscar could enjoy with us. We avoided any foods that might be harmful for him and chose ones we thought he would love. After a lot of deliberation, we finally picked kale, arugula, and kaleidoscope carrots.
My husband built the garden, we planted the seeds, and then I impatiently waited for everything to grow. As it turns out, I love the idea of gardening but not actual gardening, so thank goodness for my husband who kept up with watering, weeding, and harvesting the garden!
We used the kale in salads for Oscar, which he enjoyed as expected. He wasn’t as excited about the arugula, but what we were most excited for him to try were the kaleidoscope carrots. We regularly give Oscar baby carrots from the store as treats, but he had never tried any from the garden, particularly not a white or purple carrot.
We washed one of the white carrots, cut a few little slices for him, and eagerly watched as he tried it. Here is the video of Oscar trying his first white carrot from the garden.
He didn’t like the white carrot at all! Oscar is one of those pigs who loves just about every food. In fact, in almost a year and half, we haven’t found a food that Oscar refuses to eat…until the white carrot. After trying it myself though, I can’t really blame him. It was extremely bitter, without even a hint of sweetness. He normally loves carrots, but he and I both stuck with the orange carrots after trying the white one.
In retrospect, Oscar didn’t seem as excited about any of the garden foods as we thought he would be. My best guess is that everything was a tad bitter compared to what he’s used to from the store. While the garden foods were super fresh, he didn’t seem to care for the extra bitterness.
I was a little bummed Oscar didn’t love the garden food, but we’ll just try again next year and see if we can find some that he likes more. Choosing foods that Oscar could eat made the entire garden experience more fun; it was exciting knowing he could be part of the experience and try the harvest with us. Maybe we’ll have more luck next year!
7 thoughts on “Mini Pig Oscar’s Garden and First Disliked Food”
Funny. Elmer doesn’t like raw veggies like carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, or brussel sprouts, but he loves them cooked. He also doesn’t like kale. Just lets it fall out of his mouth. haha. Reminds of that Prissy and Bomber video where Prissy won’t eat her veggies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrD_OBiFDlc
Haha…that video is hilarious! I can’t believe how quickly Prissy drops her carrots, but Bomber will eat them just fine. I love that Elmer doesn’t like them raw but loves them cooked. Oscar isn’t very picky yet, so I’m hoping he stays that way so that I don’t have to cook extra food just for him. They sure have us figured out! 🙂
He prefers sweet foods for sure, but I’m glad he’ll at least eat cooked veggies. Veggies are important.
This video came up in my recommended feed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57ydaEbCPrE It’s a song about Oscar the pig. Not your Oscar, of course, but I thought it was cute and funny and perhaps Oscar will approve with some tail wagging. haha.
Oh my gosh…that video made my morning! I’m going to be singing that to our Oscar from now on, and he will be tail dancing I’m sure. Thanks for sharing that! 🙂
Thank you, Lauren and Peony!
One thing I have to say, this blog is just great! It helps me as a piggy parent, to meet my pigs needs! You’re doing a great job! And I think every piggy parent loves the top teeth, Oscar has the cutest little top teeth!