Monday, March 7, 2011

Carrots!

We've had some amazingly warm weather over the weekend.  Both days reached to 60 or so.  By Sunday morning, so much had melted that all my beds were uncovered and even defrosted.  I was so excited to check the carrot beds.  They hadn't gotten covered properly and I was anxious to see how they did.

Some had gotten soft from all the freezing, but many of the carrots had made it through unscathed.  It was like digging for buried treasure.  Overall, about half of the carrots made it.  After our hard, cold, snowy winter, they were a welcome sight. 

I got them cleaned up and ended up with a good little crop.  The 2 on the left are huge.  There were quite a few that had forked.  That was surprising.  These beds are raised and have loam and compost in them.  There are really no rocks.  I'm not really sure why they forked. 

The strawberry plants were also starting to peak out.  I started to pull the shredded leaves away from them, but they were just too wet to get very much done.  It was nice to see that they had made it through quite nicely though.  What a mood booster to be able to spend a few hours outside and in the garden.  There is still a little bit of snow at the top of the driveway from the plow guy, but it should be gone very soon.  The weather is predicting highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s all week.  That's pretty typical March weather for us and its nice to see the progression in the temperatures.  Spring is almost here!

This post is part of Harvest Monday at Daphne's Dandelions.  I'm so excited to have a post finally!  Head on over and see what else is being harvested and what everyone is using from last year's harvests.

14 comments:

kitsapFG said...

I love digging for treasure in the overwintered beds! Those carrots look like they did very well indeed. They are probably very sweet too from the freezing cycles. Do you use manure in your garden beds? That can also cause root disfigurement in carrots if not composted long enough.

Totally jealous of the warm weather you are enjoying. I was feeling lucky to have a low 50's day on Saturday but 60's sound MUCH better! LOL!

foodgardenkitchen said...

Those are nice looking carrots. Isn't it funny that we've come to a place where digging for carrots is an exciting as digging for treasure :)

The Mom said...

Laura, I do use manure, but there wasn't any in that bed. It was in one of my new beds and had garlic in it previously. When I harvested the garlic in July, I added a little compost and planted the carrots.

Foodgardenkitchen, digging for carrots is always like digging for treasure!

Barbie said...

WHOOT! Love good sweet, fresh carrots - and I stink at growing them. I plant twenty five and harvest one or two. LOL. Yours look great.

Robin said...

Those are some mighty fine looking carrots!!

Yippee for Spring!!!

villager said...

Great looking carrots! I'm going to try and do a better job at overwintering some this year. I didn't get them planted in time.

freerangegirl said...

60 degrees I have temperature envy! Good looking carrots despite the frost.

Lynda said...

Your carrots rock! I bet they are as sweet as sugar. Forking in carrots is usually caused by too much nitrogen for them...which doesn't mean there's too much for the other plants: just for the carrots...I don't worry about forking...always makes the carrots look like they have legs!

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Can you use the softer carrots in soup?

Karen Anne said...

Do you start the carrots from seed directly in the beds, or seedlings?

The Mom said...

Barbie. I have never done well with carrots. Last fall was my first success. Keep trying!

Lynda, thanks for the info on nitrogen. I had no idea!

Lisa and Robb, I used whatever I could. Only the really bad ones went to the compost.

Karen, these were done as seeds. I made my own seed tapes with tp.

Leigh said...

They look great! Seems overwintering is an art to learn itself. One I'm determined to master!

Sharon said...

You and I had a similar blog. I had good luck storing my carrots in a homemade mini root cellar. Then I don't have to wait for the carrots so long. Read about it here http://fitzgeraldsfamilyfarm.blogspot.com/2011/02/winter-gifts-eggs-and-carrots.html

I love your blog!

Daphne said...

We are fast melting out too. Not all the snow is gone but after this week it ought to be. Even the piles from the plow ought to be gone. Or I'm hoping. How nice to have some fresh carrots.