Carrots. We've had our good years. And our not-so good.
This year is looking good!
The optimum growth temperature for carrots is between 61 and 70 °F - which we've had a lot of lately.
Our trouble is often our soil, which is by nature heavy in clay. (Carrots prefer loose, sandy soil.) Some years our carrots just can't work their way downward in it. Then they fork or peter out. We've spent many years amending our garden with compost, and it has helped. But this year we tried a new garden area altogether for the carrots - which is more like a raised bed, built with dirt we brought in a year or two ago (at the same time we were creating our strawberry patch.) We put carrots & potatoes in here, as neither of them have been doing well in the main garden in recent years. It seems to be working!
Carrots are loaded with antioxidants & nutrients. Vitamin A (great for the eyes!), beta-caotene, vitimin C, K, E, B6, B1, & B2, to name a few. They're very beneficial little veggies.
The fresher, more locally grown they are, they sweeter, tastier, and crispy-crunchier. Six year old Beau picks a handful every day & eats them with quite an enthusiastic Ogre like chomp and "Nom, Nom, Nom, Nom!!" He loves them.
Did you know that carrot tops should be cut off before storing in the refrigerator? They
will cause the carrots to wilt prematurely as they pull moisture from
We give those tops to the chickenistas, who are doing well. (We're still waiting patiently for that first golden egg to appear.. they're young yet.)
A bit of an oldie here.. Lilly, five years ago with a fresh carrot out of the garden. That must've been a good carrot year before our garden took a decline & we eventually had our soil tested.. which is another story - but a good thing to have done!
Carrots are a great late season / cool weather crop. I don't think we've ever had the patience to wait for it, but it's said that they're sweeter if left in the ground until a good frost or two.
I might put a few more rows in now & see what happens.
What's pickin' in your part of the world right now?
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