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Post  GWN on Wed 09 Jan 2013, 12:52 pm

Last year that was my problem. I even thought about some kind of lid I could have used once it got cold.
Do you normally have more snow? Where I am it is hit and miss apparently. some years hardly any, and then this year.....
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Post  Turan on Wed 09 Jan 2013, 1:09 pm

Our snow cover is a few inches to a foot or so. The ground always freezes hard. We have a lot of wind, my f-i-l used to say that snow does not melt here, it just gets wore out by the wind.

Hmmmmm, so if I put a wind break where I want the garden to stay well covered I could induce a drift there... might work.... but the main thing is still to getthe ground well covered before it freezes solid.

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Post  GWN on Wed 09 Jan 2013, 1:30 pm

my f-i-l used to say that snow does not melt here, it just gets wore out by the wind.
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I wonder if one were to create a cold frame sort of bed, just without the glass, and to leave to top of in the summer and then put it on in the winter ??
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Post  Turan on Wed 09 Jan 2013, 1:37 pm

@GWN wrote:
my f-i-l used to say that snow does not melt here, it just gets wore out by the wind.
LOL
I wonder if one were to create a cold frame sort of bed, just without the glass, and to leave to top of in the summer and then put it on in the winter ??

It could even just be chicken wire. Then in the fall I could fill it deep with leaves. :scratch: If i remember I am going to try this Very Happy thanks

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Post  GWN on Wed 09 Jan 2013, 1:58 pm

I think that the key would be to stay on it..... not let it go too many cold days without opening it.
You can tell I have spent a LOT of time thinking about this one
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Post  plantoid on Wed 09 Jan 2013, 2:23 pm

@GWN wrote:
I've just had the pleasure of locating a nine inch tall marker
Plantoid, not sure if a nine inch marker is going to do it for me, I think I might have trouble locating a yard stick at this point. I cannot even find where the beds are. lots o


I forgot about you guys living 6 months of the year in the freezer.

You'll have to fly a barrage balloon anchored to each corner of the beds , use colour coded cords so you can decide which way to dig the snow away from and then use a snow blower to get down to the straw blanket covering your root crops.

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Site strong well anchored down heavy duty clear winter workable PVC wigwam over each bed , keep it at least seven feet tall Wink
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Post  GWN on Wed 09 Jan 2013, 3:47 pm

then use a snow blower to get down to the straw blanket covering your root crops.
affraid My DH has been offered a 4 wheeler with a blade to plow our driveway, and he was doing it with such zeal, I think he has taken out a row of our blueberries.
Of course no way to know until spring though.
I think bright flourescent yard sticks and keep pulling them up when they start to get covered up
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Post  Kelejan on Wed 09 Jan 2013, 4:08 pm

I've done it. Found some carrots and managed to dig them up.
I dug down into the snow and found that when I hit bottom I was outside the wood. Tunneled in a bit and found my carrots, four of them about two inches long and fat. I know there are more there as I planted two squares and I only dug in the corner of one square.
The MM was soft and friable so I know my garlic will be thriving in the next bed. The carrots look fine and later I will eat them.
Memo for next year. Plant nearer the house.

Edited to add, I have just eaten the three other tiddlers and they tasted delicious, sweet and crisp.
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Post  GWN on Wed 09 Jan 2013, 4:18 pm

The MM was soft and friable so I know my garlic will be thriving in the next bed.
cheers cheers I find that once I am down to the carrots, I just "tunnel" underneath to find the rest, rather than digging down again.
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Post  CapeCoddess on Wed 09 Jan 2013, 4:28 pm

Waaaaaah....I WANT MY CARROTS!!! I have one box full and 3 squares in another box. Frozen solid.

There's a warming trend going on right now tho so maybe by this Sunday I can get at them. Plantoid, what is a 'special fork'? What are the rest of you using to dig down with?

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Post  GWN on Wed 09 Jan 2013, 5:22 pm

I used a pitch fork to begin with, I think my father called it a potato shovel, the ones with the wide prongs. then I have a hand pitch fork, same thing. After you have broken through the top, I just use my hands with garden gloves on.
thinking You are sounding pretty desperate.... do you have a hatchet? Smile
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Post  FamilyGardening on Wed 09 Jan 2013, 7:08 pm

here is some of our winter carrots Very Happy

i cant remember if we pulled these when we had snow or not...but i know we have pulled some with the snow and our MM was not frozen...but here in zone 8 we only get down to 30's maybe 20's....right now our late after noon temp is 45 Shocked

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Post  GWN on Wed 09 Jan 2013, 8:58 pm

These are todays catch.....
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Post  Turan on Thu 10 Jan 2013, 12:34 am

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Post  donnainzone5 on Thu 10 Jan 2013, 11:29 am

GWN,

What variety are those carrots? Did you add bone meal to your Mel's Mix? I'm so jealous!
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Post  CapeCoddess on Thu 10 Jan 2013, 5:42 pm

Nice haul, folks!

I was finally able to dig up a few smallish ones today also, along with 2 radishes and a beet:

They are like candy. What a Face It's SO worth it, that I will do this next winter, too, except I'll cover the box from the freezing temps this time. I have a bunch of really small ones, too, that I guess qualify as'real 'baby carrots'. Yum! And I also came in with lots of carrot, beet and radish greens that only had thready roots, so they will go into the salad box.

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Post  camprn on Thu 10 Jan 2013, 6:42 pm

CC, in your locale you can probably get away with a hoop and 6-8 black painted water filled jugs to keep that wee root veggie garden going. I am impressed with your haul.

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Post  CapeCoddess on Thu 10 Jan 2013, 6:47 pm

Camp, do you think if I did the hoop and bottle thing, that the root veggies would actually grow? I was thinking they just stayed alive out there this time of year, not growing, even under hoops...?

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Post  camprn on Thu 10 Jan 2013, 6:49 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Camp, do you think if I did the hoop and bottle thing, that the root veggies would actually grow? I was thinking they just stayed alive out there this time of year, not growing, even under hoops...?

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Maybe, but it depends upon the weather. Keep in mind this weather we are having is not typical winter.

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Post  GWN on Thu 10 Jan 2013, 8:40 pm

What variety are those carrots? Did you add bone meal to your Mel's Mix? I'm so jealous!
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CC I am curious looking at your carrots, you said that they were under quite a bit of ice, how did you maintain the lovely foliage? The green parts are long gone on mine. Was the greenage under the ice?
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Post  CapeCoddess on Fri 11 Jan 2013, 12:07 pm

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CC I am curious looking at your carrots, you said that they were under quite a bit of ice, how did you maintain the lovely foliage? The green parts are long gone on mine. Was the greenage under the ice?

Hmm...good question, GWN. I didn't do anything particular. This whole winter harvesting thing is total a surprise and comes from mostly neglect as far at the carrot box goes. Maybe the oak leaves that fell into the box is the answer.

But now that I think more about it, this box was my tomato box and the roots of the tomatoes are still in there all around the edges, along with the remaining jalapeno plant remains in the center. Lots of unfinished compost was added thru out the growing season so I wonder if the dead roots are composting in there and keeping things warm. Altho that wouldn't explain why the tops are still fresh, especially when it looked like this New Years day:

So the answer is, I have no idea. Rolling Eyes But I'd sure like to know so I can repeat it.

I'll go out and get a photo now and we can compare:

It must be the leaves and pine needles. What say you?

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PS Those leaves at the lower bottom left of the last photos are garlic bulb sprouts. Are they supposed to get mushy by now, too?
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Post  GWN on Fri 11 Jan 2013, 12:14 pm

Hi CC it is going to hard to compare, this picture was taken yesterday and the shovel in the picture is pretty much straight up, and attempt to show how very deep the snow is. It is clearly 3 feet on top of the bed. It is quite hard to even know where the beds themselves are. OF INTEREST, even them darnred weeds are flourishing down there. This is one bed that I used cardboard before the mels mix and the weeds were .... plentiful.
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Post  walshevak on Fri 11 Jan 2013, 1:09 pm

@GWN wrote:Hi CC it is going to hard to compare, this picture was taken yesterday and the shovel in the picture is pretty much straight up, and attempt to show how very deep the snow is. It is clearly 3 feet on top of the bed. It is quite hard to even know where the beds themselves are. OF INTEREST, even them darnred weeds are flourishing down there. This is one bed that I used cardboard before the mels mix and the weeds were .... plentiful.

That picture gives me the shivvers.

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Post  CapeCoddess on Fri 11 Jan 2013, 1:15 pm

@walshevak wrote:
That picture gives me the shivvers.

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Amen, Sister!

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Post  Kelejan on Fri 11 Jan 2013, 2:08 pm

I went out just now to check the very large leaf pile I had been building up until the snow came. I use aluminum tent pole just to give me an idea whether it very cold or warm. Well, the tent pole was not warm, but it wasn't cold to the touch either, kind of neutral, so I think the worms are OK there.
I was thigh deep in snow, about 24 inches and although I only had to go a few paces, it was hard work. I still have some more carrots to find.
One day I will find my camera and find my battery charger and learn how to post. Rolling Eyes
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