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Re: Carrot Week 2012!

Post  CapeCoddess on 7/20/2012, 2:33 pm

Will we do another carrot week when this one is over? I just planted a square yesterday....

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Re: Carrot Week 2012!

Post  AvaDGardner on 7/20/2012, 3:51 pm

@camprn wrote:
Carrot week was a fun event not a contest.

I think almost everyone had a good degree of success with carrots this year. I know I have, which is good because last years carrots were a bust.

Camp, how can you do this

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How about a little friendly competition this year? Plant a normal 6" box and let's see who can come up with the best L shaped carrot!
And how can we have a carrot competition without a longest carrot? So get out your carrot extenders and stretchers and plant a deep box too.

Also up for bragging rights how about the ugliest carrot and sexiest carrot competition! And since everyone is going to have so many carrots, how's about best carrot recipe (with pictures of course!) to tease the taste buds!
without a contest?

Is carrot week the week we plant or the week we harvest? Maybe we should call it "77 days of carrots?" (or whatever the growth period is).

OH! I forgot about the germination period. What are carrots, 7-10 days? So 'a round the carrots in 90 days?'

Did I miss the week?

How I wish I could plant more now. I have some Danvers seeds, which are supposed to do well in summer. I had a few seedlings, but will have to see how they are doing.

Home grown carrots are so gooood!

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Post  AvaDGardner on 7/20/2012, 4:02 pm

OH! according to http://www.timeanddate.com/date/durationresult.html?m1=4&d1=12&y1=2012&m2=7&d2=20&y2=2012

today is 100 days from planting! WOW am I way off!

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Post  camprn on 7/20/2012, 5:43 pm

@AvaDGardner wrote:
@camprn wrote:
Carrot week was a fun event not a contest.

I think almost everyone had a good degree of success with carrots this year. I know I have, which is good because last years carrots were a bust.

Camp, how can you do this

@rooster wrote:
[from http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t10069-2nd-annual-carrot-week; 1st post]
How about a little friendly competition this year? Plant a normal 6" box and let's see who can come up with the best L shaped carrot!
And how can we have a carrot competition without a longest carrot? So get out your carrot extenders and stretchers and plant a deep box too.

Also up for bragging rights how about the ugliest carrot and sexiest carrot competition! And since everyone is going to have so many carrots, how's about best carrot recipe (with pictures of course!) to tease the taste buds!
without a contest?

Is carrot week the week we plant or the week we harvest? Maybe we should call it "77 days of carrots?" (or whatever the growth period is).

OH! I forgot about the germination period. What are carrots, 7-10 days? So 'a round the carrots in 90 days?'

Did I miss the week?

How I wish I could plant more now. I have some Danvers seeds, which are supposed to do well in summer. I had a few seedlings, but will have to see how they are doing.

Home grown carrots are so gooood!
Well I guess that Rooster did suggest a few things to compare. What have you got? Are you pulling up your carrots? Post a few photos. What a Face

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Post  AvaDGardner on 7/20/2012, 6:07 pm

Tomorrow. It's close to 90 today, the first hot day we've had all year. I'll go water in a bit, and see how the garden did in our heat blast!

Thanks 'cane Fabio!

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Ugly Nantes

Post  kbb964 on 7/21/2012, 9:14 am

Pulled a few of the Carrot week square yesterday and they are pretty darn ugly but way longer and bigger than the Chantenay I pulled the other week.


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Re: Carrot Week 2012!

Post  camprn on 7/21/2012, 9:31 am

Kbb, how did they taste? What a Face

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Post  kbb964 on 7/21/2012, 9:54 am

Chantenay were really sweet ! awful to peel and scrub because they were so small but I made the best carrot and tomato soup ever!

the Nantes not as sweet and I roasted them with beets last night , lovely !

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Re: Carrot Week 2012!

Post  RoOsTeR on 7/21/2012, 10:10 am

Some pictures of your soup and roasted carrots and beets made with your Carrot Week carrots would have been excellent! tongue They both sound delicious, especially the soup
Thanks for sharing the outcome of some of your Carrot Week carrots with us.

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Post  kbb964 on 7/21/2012, 10:56 am

The soup got eaten so fast......... sorry. Next time!

My soup recipes are never the same. sometimes just carrot and onion sauteed then cooked in milk with vegetable stock. But sometimes I add a few skinned tomatoes if I have any, maybe a bit of garlic. It's always a surprise but my son says make the one from yesterday again and I cant cos I dont count what i put in lol.

Yesterday everyone came home at different times ( always the case when i cook something special) the roasted veggies wouldnt have made a good photo haha. I didnt tell hubby I hated the roast beets ( spat them out lol) but he loved them!



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Re: Carrot Week 2012!

Post  kbb964 on 7/21/2012, 10:58 am

Just looked at my carrot picture and realised that a 7 1/2 " carrot is not bad for a six inch deep box lol

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Post  southern gardener on 7/21/2012, 11:09 am

@kbb964 wrote:Pulled a few of the Carrot week square yesterday and they are pretty darn ugly but way longer and bigger than the Chantenay I pulled the other week.


Nantes Carrot Week




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kbb, maybe if you added up the total inches on that "legged" carrot, you'd win! Those are crazy!!

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Post  RoOsTeR on 7/21/2012, 11:15 am

Lol, southern. Kb got the bonus satellite carrots

I didnt tell hubby I hated the roast beets ( spat them out lol) but he loved them!
I've tried so hard to like beets! Just hearing the words roasted beets sounds great. Sprinkled with lots of salt and pepper! YUM!!! Unfortunately my taste buds don't agree with me Razz I just can't acquire a taste for beets... tongue

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Post  Turan on 7/21/2012, 4:54 pm

I pulled all the carrots in one of the carrot week squares. They were getting smothered by peas and were in turn smothering quinoa. THey are still in flavor and texture of baby carrots,,, oooo soooo yummy. There are 1.5 pounds varying in size.

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Post  Icemaiden on 7/21/2012, 5:43 pm

Here are some of my carrot week carrots (and a bit of calebrese)


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Post  southern gardener on 7/21/2012, 6:57 pm

nice carrots icemaiden! what is calebrese? looks like broccoli??

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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/21/2012, 9:23 pm

How do you folks make all those crazy shaped carrots??? Is it from close planting? I probably couldn't do it if I tried... albino

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Post  camprn on 7/21/2012, 9:29 pm

@southern gardener wrote:nice carrots icemaiden! what is calebrese? looks like broccoli??
Calabrese is a variety of broccoli. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broccoli

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Post  southern gardener on 7/22/2012, 12:46 am

well. Im sure we won't win the contest, but some pretty cute grandchildren! This carrot was SO big around! Biggest I've ever seen! Picture doesn't really show it tho, but the smile is priceless!


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Post  Goosegirl on 7/22/2012, 7:17 am

@southern gardener wrote:well. Im sure we won't win the contest, but some pretty cute grandchildren! This carrot was SO big around! Biggest I've ever seen! Picture doesn't really show it tho, but the smile is priceless!


You're growing them pretty cute! (and the carrot's dandy too!)

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Post  RoOsTeR on 7/22/2012, 3:17 pm

Goodness! That's a chunky carrot affraid

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Post  gregrenee88 on 7/22/2012, 4:14 pm

We pulled our carrots up on July 12th. They did pretty well even though they were very crowded. At first we used some in our salads and the rest I froze for later use. Most of the them were at least 6" long. Our daughter here is always ready and willing to pull anything out of those boxes...

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Post  GWN on 7/22/2012, 4:17 pm

Your carrots look great, does she have more of a chance of liking food that she has pulled out herself Wink

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Post  gregrenee88 on 7/22/2012, 4:45 pm

GWN: I think so, which is great!

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Post  AvaDGardner on 7/22/2012, 8:41 pm

@southern, that's the fattest carrot I've ever seen!

@kbb, my first round of carrots (long imperators) picked at maturity were oddly shaped like yours. The ones I picked early were straight. None were crowded, it's just what they did. And...they were near the edge of the box.

Today I pulled my Scarlet Nantes. The big ones were north of the the small ones by 9", and the small ones would have been next to the space the Imperators had grown. And those planted with multiple seeds for creativite growing came out long and straight and side by side!




The fat one is 9.25", funny for a 6-7" carrot variety!


They are have a slight minty flavor, but no mint is grown in my garden. Tonight they'll be with sweet walla walla onions and blue lake green beens, all from the garden!

Gotta make dinner!

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