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Post  landarch on 8/13/2013, 9:34 pm

I'm a bit behind a few weeks for seeding fall beets and carrots...according to the state extension office anyway...had great luck seeding a bit late last year.

This evening, picked the last of the spring seeded carrots.
 

Then topped off the boxes with finished home-made compost (kitchen and garden scraps, shredded leaves, lawn clippings,  Starbucks coffee grounds, manures - chicken, rabbit, cow, horse, rabbit) to the boxes...mixed and fluffed.
 

Over the last week, we've had probably 6-8" of rain...with a big storm on yesterday...and my Mels Mix was bone dry about 4-5 inches down...temps only in the 70s...weird.

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Post  camprn on 8/13/2013, 9:36 pm

WOW! Lookin' GREAT! Was the mix dry before or after you added all that compost?

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Post  landarch on 8/13/2013, 9:51 pm

The Mels mix was dry about 2-3" down...could tell when I when I pulled up the carrots...with the recent heavy rains, good moisture in the upper soil and in the new compost.

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Post  mschaef on 8/14/2013, 10:58 pm

Beautiful carrots...wish my looked that good. And the photos are amazing, nicely done!!

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Re: getting read for the fall garden

Post  Marc Iverson on 8/14/2013, 11:36 pm

@landarch wrote:
Over the last week, we've had probably 6-8" of rain...with a big storm on yesterday...and my Mels Mix was bone dry about 4-5 inches down...temps only in the 70s...weird.
Maybe a lot of wind?

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Post  bnoles on 8/15/2013, 5:34 am

What an awesome looking carrot harvest. What are your plans for them? Your beds look absolutely fantastic! I am in the process of getting mine ready for Fall and have even done some planting already.


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Post  landarch on 8/15/2013, 11:27 am

Marc, no wind.  I just think Mels Mix may dry out really fast.  I may need to take a look at my coarse vermiculite in the mix this fall...I see lots of mic flakes but not a lot of exploded popcorn-type pieces.

bnoles, I typically put the carrots in freezer baggies and keep them in the fridge crisper...we eat quite a few of raw and steamed carrots.  I may even freeze some for my favorite recipes...home-made chicken noodles and pot roast.  We also give some away to family and friends...they taste way better than what is found in the store.

I think I planted several types...royal chantenay, kuroda, and scarlet nantes...and I do them in a double deeper SFG box.

I also use my carrot bed to lure in swallowtail butterflies.

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