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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  Luci Dawson on 3/3/2012, 5:40 pm

nKedrOoStEr wrote:

Don't forget them carrots!!

rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  Windsor.Parker on 3/4/2012, 3:53 am

Some of you may recall from my earlier “Carrot Week” posts that after enthusiastically joining the challenge this newbie discovered I had bought old seed! Sad


Despite “old seed” and that I have never tried to grow carrots, admin reassured me my seeds would be okay, urging me to, “Do It, Do It, Do It!”
Regrettably worry returned after I read some scary posts about problems handling those tiny carrot seeds. So I opened a package to see for myself. Shocked

Now my usual confidence is waning again. Rolling Eyes

But wait! Just a few days ago I made up another batch of soil cubes/blocks to start more veggies indoors. Turns out there were extras, 15 to be exact. Only one short of a full square!

Hmmmm, why not do a germination test while there’s still plenty of time before the contest kick-off? Cool

After all, I already started some leaf lettuce and those are tiny seeds, too! I’ll just use the same approach and the same tools (Paper towel, Tweezers, Magnifier, and a not too long thin pointy ended stick).
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A handy container of moist vermiculite, and a teaspoon.


Remember to mist the seeds well after planting.


Might as well get a bit more practice labeling cubes/blocks with those cuts of decorator blinds and that new white grease pencil/china marker.



So after assembling everything needed on my makeshift potting bench I decided “I can do this, and if it works I’ll be ready for the competition!”



Less than an hour later my “old seed” Nantes Carrot cubes/blocks were completed.


So I covered them with a humidity dome and moved them to my sprouting shelf!

My carrot experiment has begun!

I’ll post my results in about a week, and if they’re not acceptable I’ll run and find this year's seeds.

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  Furbalsmom on 3/4/2012, 1:29 pm

Nice experiment Windsor.Parker
Remember that if your soil temperature is between 68 and 86 degrees, you can expect germination in 6 or 7 days, but if the soil temp is 50 to 59 degrees, it will take 10 to 17 days.
Usually, carrots don't like to be transplanted, but using soil blocks, I wonder if the roots would be undisturbed during transplant to the SFG. Just curious.
Anxiously awaiting your results.


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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  Windsor.Parker on 3/4/2012, 7:30 pm

@Furbalsmom wrote:Nice experiment Windsor.Parker
Remember that if your soil temperature is between 68 and 86 degrees, you can expect germination in 6 or 7 days, but if the soil temp is 50 to 59 degrees, it will take 10 to 17 days.
Usually, carrots don't like to be transplanted, but using soil blocks, I wonder if the roots would be undisturbed during transplant to the SFG. Just curious.
Anxiously awaiting your results.
Thanks Furbalsmom,
My basement temp stays c. 68-70 deg. F. But the sprouting shelf is in my boiler room, which stays much warmer (73-83 deg. F).
I began using a soil thermometer only recently, and didn't think to get a reading on the blocks. I'll do it right away.
This pic shows the block temp c. 82 deg. F, which is the same as the air temp.


Didn't know about the transplant issue, and now of course I'm curious too! I'll keep you posted, and thanks again.
Lee

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  RoOsTeR on 3/4/2012, 7:51 pm

Despite “old seed” and that I have never tried to grow carrots, admin reassured me my seeds would be okay, urging me to, “Do It, Do It, Do It!”


LOL! Those dang carrots better sprout!! Razz
WP, thanks for taking the time to take some great pics and share your little experiment with us. Very cool

(come on sprout carrots!)

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  Windsor.Parker on 3/4/2012, 9:40 pm

nKedrOoStEr wrote:
LOL! Those dang carrots better sprout!! Razz
Thought you'd get a laugh there.
nKedrOoStEr wrote:
WP, thanks for taking the time to take some great pics and share your little experiment with us. Very cool

(come on sprout carrots!)
Of course I'm still holding two squares in my new carrot box for carrot week, NR. Think I'll try 16 direct-seeded into MM, and 16 started in cubes at the same time. ...?

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  FamilyGardening on 3/5/2012, 12:30 am

when is the end date for the carrot contest?.....trying to figure out if my PNW weather can handle such a contest!.....

thank goodness its not a mater contest Shocked

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rose.....who wonders if she has already asked this question and cant remember.....oh snap....off to check ....*sorry* if this has already been answered What a Face

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Re: 2nd annual Carrot Contest

Post  mschaef on 3/15/2012, 4:09 pm

Have a question: for the contest do you need to plant them in the MM? See we are going to be moving sometime this year and had to take out our gardens to get grass growing again, we live in military housing. So my 4 year old want to plant the garden again and I was thinking about letting him plant in some pot with just gardening soil. Then I saw this contest. Mentioned it to him and he really wants to join in but was not sure if we could. Let me know so I can plan, thanks!!!

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  quiltbea on 3/15/2012, 5:16 pm

You can plant them in anything you want, I'm sure. MM isn't a requirement.

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  RoOsTeR on 3/15/2012, 5:20 pm

@mschaef wrote:Have a question: for the contest do you need to plant them in the MM? See we are going to be moving sometime this year and had to take out our gardens to get grass growing again, we live in military housing. So my 4 year old want to plant the garden again and I was thinking about letting him plant in some pot with just gardening soil. Then I saw this contest. Mentioned it to him and he really wants to join in but was not sure if we could. Let me know so I can plan, thanks!!!

I would love to see your 4 year old join the fun Wink Help him take some pictures of his carrots for us.

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  mschaef on 3/15/2012, 5:32 pm

nKedrOoStEr wrote:
@mschaef wrote:Have a question: for the contest do you need to plant them in the MM? See we are going to be moving sometime this year and had to take out our gardens to get grass growing again, we live in military housing. So my 4 year old want to plant the garden again and I was thinking about letting him plant in some pot with just gardening soil. Then I saw this contest. Mentioned it to him and he really wants to join in but was not sure if we could. Let me know so I can plan, thanks!!!

I would love to see your 4 year old join the fun Wink Help him take some pictures of his carrots for us.

And thanks quiltbea for the advice. I will let him have a go at it in a pot. He's going to be so excited!! Not sure how its going to do in the car when we have to move but it will be fun to see!!!cheers

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  AvaDGardner on 3/22/2012, 3:34 am

Cool!

@ Luci...c'mon! You can do it! Get some seeds and deep pot! Let it be your first garden! You just might win!

@ Gwennifer - love the interlocked carrots. Too funny! It's worth it not to thin just to see what wackyness develops, LOL. I had lots of clay until last week.

Q: How do you harvest a 19.2" carrot? Dig it out? Can you imagine pulling it? It would keep coming, and coming, and let loose, putting you on your tail! It would be like reeling in a bass.

Q: With the wacky weather are all of you snow bound folks still in freezing weather?

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  quiltbea on 3/22/2012, 1:26 pm

If anyone gets an ultra-long carrot they'll probably have to work the soil loose all around it. I tried pulling up a lonnnng parsnip and it broke in half. I had to dig out the other half with a dandelion weeder.

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my parsnips haul last April after a winter's sleep. Verrrry tasty after the cold.
Which reminds me, I have to go pull out the ones that overwintered.

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  mschaef on 3/25/2012, 9:53 am

got the seed for the contest last night!!! My four year old keeps asking when we can plant them, we are a little to egar to start. Laughing

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Growing Turnips and Parsnips

Post  mijejo on 3/25/2012, 4:50 pm

quiltbea, I am intrigued with your turnips. Can you tell us how you grew them? What size height and depth container? Did you use MM? When did you plant and harvest them?

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  quiltbea on 3/26/2012, 5:26 pm

I didn't want to hijack the thread, just wanted to mention using something like a dandelion weeder to get out long carrots, like I do my parsnips.

mijego, to answer your question......The photo above is of parsnips, not turnips. They are similar in taste to carrots, but larger, grow deeper and are sweeter, especially after a couple of fall frosts. You can even leave them in to overwinter, as I do here in Maine, and they will be fine in March or April. My boxes are all 12" deep and I don't have bottoms on them so they can send roots down a lot deeper. Parsnips need lots of depth so I wouldn't plant them in anything less than 12" deep.

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I will give it a try....

Post  hopeless151 on 3/30/2012, 3:01 pm

IF my ADD allows and I don't forget about the contest all together!

I like the Nantes Coreless. They were pretty and sweet. We had an awefully hot summer and they did not get bitter tasting from all the heat and drought but the others that I planted were just BAD!

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  Goosegirl on 3/30/2012, 3:54 pm

@mschaef wrote:got the seed for the contest last night!!! My four year old keeps asking when we can plant them, we are a little to egar to start. Laughing

No reason you can't plant some now, just make sure you save a square for 4-15 and mark it well!

GG (planting carrots tonight)

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  EatYourVeggies on 3/30/2012, 4:05 pm

@gwennifer wrote:Carrots in love...


HEY YOU TWO....get a square foot!! Very Happy

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  EatYourVeggies on 3/30/2012, 4:08 pm

@PeonyLover wrote:This is one of the reasons I've converted to SFG. This is what happens when (despite best efforts to amend) you plant carrots in heavy clay. lol

Were these from the "Tri-pod" variety? Shocked

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  kbb964 on 3/30/2012, 4:11 pm

Darn, my carrot seeds are Chantenay

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Post  kbb964 on 3/30/2012, 5:19 pm

According to my zone , I shouldn't plant carrot seeds till May ? Sad

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  RoOsTeR on 3/30/2012, 7:05 pm

@kbb964 wrote:According to my zone , I shouldn't plant carrot seeds till May ? Sad

A lot of us are in the same boat. So plant some for Carrot Week and then more in May Smile

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  camprn on 3/30/2012, 7:14 pm

@RoOsTeR wrote:
@kbb964 wrote:According to my zone , I shouldn't plant carrot seeds till May ? Sad

A lot of us are in the same boat. So plant some for Carrot Week and then more in May Smile
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Post  plantoid on 3/31/2012, 12:27 am

Carrot comp ...... countdown starts tomorrow cheers

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