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Carrot harvest

Carrots in loveThis post is a continuation of the never-ending saga of the weird growing year.  Remember how things like potatoes that are supposed to be carefree kicked the bucket?  Well, our carrots --- which many people find difficult --- grew like kudzu.

Wednesday, I harvested two beds and came up with 27 pounds of carrots, enough to completely fill the crisper drawer of our little fridge.  Many of the carrots were as big as or bigger than store-bought, and I suspect they will store for months if I can keep the moisture level correct.

We've got four beds left to harvest, but I planted those beds late so the carrots are smaller.  I plan to give those to my brother and mother so that they, like us, will turn orange by spring.

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Carrots will overwinter in the ground. Leave a bed for spring munching. They store well in straw kept in a cool place, like a cellar or under a bed.
Comment by Errol Thu Oct 22 08:25:54 2009
Storing carrots in the ground doesn't seem to work in my garden. If I grow them directly in the soil, the heavy clay keeps them short and wormy, so I grow them in raised beds. But the raised beds freeze too easily --- I tried to store some, covered, in raised beds last winter and they all froze and rotted. :-/ Since don't have a root cellar yet, and do have excessive room in our fridge, I figured that was the way to go.
Comment by anna Thu Oct 22 08:47:38 2009

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