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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  Furbalsmom on 2/3/2012, 9:03 pm

@littlejo wrote:Carrots are fine, love them, but, checked my seeds, have several varieties, no nantes, except for those baby ones I think are nantes. Will check Walmart.

Littlejo, my Walmart carries SEEDS OF CHANGE organic seeds. (I was really suprised at this) They also are carrying Burpee and I picked up a pack of Nantes style Heirloom carrots for less than $1

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  AranMC on 2/3/2012, 9:18 pm

I'm going to Walmart next Tuesday, I'll see what they have up here...

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  EatYourVeggies on 2/3/2012, 9:22 pm

@AranMC wrote:but I can sow direct into toilet roll tubes....lol

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That's awesome!!

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  quiltbea on 2/4/2012, 11:48 am

I start seeds in soil blocks to eliminate root disturbance so I think this year I'll try starting some carrot seeds in a few blocks so I can just bring them outdoors when the time is right and get a head start. It usually takes a durn long time for carrots in my garden otherwise.

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  AranMC on 2/4/2012, 12:10 pm

my season is so darn short, only 12 weeks growing outside....

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  plantoid on 2/4/2012, 3:25 pm

@AranMC wrote:my season is so darn short, only 12 weeks growing outside....

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I've been playing with using 2 inch diameter plastic waste water pipe as 4 inch high toilet roll tubes for a couple of years because it is almost ever lasting & can be sterilized easily .

I made a plunger to push up from the bottom so I can take out a rooted plant and plug of soil. Its worked well , had the vast majority of plants survive & thrive.

It just crossed my mind that instead of using four inch long tubes I could play with eight inch ones or longer , stand them up in a tub/bucket etc. when filled, let them settle after watering and sow the seeds the next day .
Then devise a simple hollow plunger that would allow the plant and plug to be injected down into a prepared hole , pushed down from the top of the tube instead of the current one which is used from the bottom of the tube.

Would that scenario help out you short seasom growers to get decent sized root crops ready for planting out?

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  yolos on 2/4/2012, 3:43 pm

I found some Mezza Lunga Nantese carrot seed "The Italian Choice" by Ferry-Morse yesterday at Home Depot/Lowes. Are these Nantes carrot seeds or do they just have a similar name to Nantes.

I also purchased Scarlet Nantes so I am still good to go for carrot week.

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  jhayford on 2/4/2012, 3:58 pm

Can junior SFG's join in?

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  RoOsTeR on 2/4/2012, 4:01 pm

@jhayford wrote:Can junior SFG's join in?

Absolutely! This is all for fun Very Happy The more the merrier!

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  arla on 2/5/2012, 12:05 am

Sounds good, hopefully I'll remember to plant some Smile

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Seemed fitting for this contest...

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  epell on 2/6/2012, 5:50 pm

I have never had any luck planting carrots that late but I'm on the gulf coast. Anyone else have any luck down this far. I will plant some anyway just to keep up with the contest.

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  littlejo on 2/6/2012, 7:24 pm

You may have to put maybe some burlap on the damp soil to get the mm cooled down some in order for the carrots to germinate. I think they will grow in the heat, if you can get them to come up.

If we don't get some winter soon, it will be in the 90's in April.(It was 76 yesterday)

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  RoOsTeR on 2/11/2012, 5:38 pm

Everyone getting their seeds? Very Happy

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  EatYourVeggies on 2/11/2012, 6:04 pm

nKedrOoStEr wrote:Everyone getting their seeds? Very Happy
Indeed Rooster...here's what I went with.

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Post  epell on 2/11/2012, 6:43 pm

@littlejo wrote:You may have to put maybe some burlap on the damp soil to get the mm cooled down some in order for the carrots to germinate. I think they will grow in the heat, if you can get them to come up.

If we don't get some winter soon, it will be in the 90's in April.(It was 76 yesterday)

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Amazing tip! thanks so much.

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Post  RoOsTeR on 2/11/2012, 6:55 pm

@EatYourVeggies wrote:
nKedrOoStEr wrote:Everyone getting their seeds? Very Happy
Indeed Rooster...here's what I went with.

That's exactly what I got too!! That's a local company for me


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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  EatYourVeggies on 2/11/2012, 7:05 pm

nKedrOoStEr wrote:
@EatYourVeggies wrote:
nKedrOoStEr wrote:Everyone getting their seeds? Very Happy
Indeed Rooster...here's what I went with.


That's exactly what I got too!! That's a local company for me




That's entirely too funny. I had already bought carrot seeds for the year, but once there was a specified type for the contest, I went back out to get some Nantes and out of the five or six different brands available, I picked these. One, because they were the only one specifying Organic and two, because they had the most attractive (dare I say pretty) packaging. I'll take the watercolor look over a glossy print any day. Very Happy

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  RoOsTeR on 2/11/2012, 7:40 pm

Well, we will have to compare results for sure

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  littlejo on 2/11/2012, 9:47 pm

I ordered Touchon carrots, will get here before the start date!



Just have to say to you'all that are trying the'Little Fingers' carrots. I grew them last yr. and left them in the ground a couple months longer than supposed to, They were so sweet and crisp, even tho it was in the 90's.

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 2/11/2012, 10:09 pm

Last year for the Great Carrot Grow Out, we tried two varieties of Nantes: YaYa and Scarlet Nantes Coreless. Eight-year-old grandchildren devoured the Scarlet Nantes in a Bugs Bunny frenzy. YaYa didn't get eaten until the end of the visit. This year we'll be planting Nantes Fancy (can't pass up a name like that) and Atomic Red (with elevated lycopene content). Will invite grandkids back to pick the winner. Nonna

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Re: 2nd Annual Carrot Week

Post  llama momma on 2/11/2012, 11:40 pm

scarlet nantes ready to go Smile

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Post  LaborDay RN on 2/12/2012, 12:37 am

Nonna....there is no better test than a taste test by grandchildren!

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Post  rhanford on 2/12/2012, 12:40 am

I have a package of Carrots from Burpee, their Kaleidoscope mix. It includes Atomic Red, Bambino, Cosmic Purple, Lunar White, and Solar Yellow. Can anyone tell me if these are Nantes?

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Post  Goosegirl on 2/12/2012, 6:54 am

nKedrOoStEr wrote:Everyone getting their seeds? Very Happy

Mine should be in the mailbox on Monday! I have Danvers, Atomic Red, Cosmic Purple (LOVE these), but I had to order more Nantes for Carrot Week because my Seed Cat seems to have taken off with the partial pack from last year! One of these days I will get a pic of him with a seed packet in his mouth

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