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I forgot to mulch the carrots :(

Post  miinva on 12/27/2010, 2:05 pm

I'm such a newbie... I left the carrots in the bed, but didn't mulch it with anything! I went out today to see if I could get one or two for vegetable soup and their frozen in. I really hope they aren't ruined. We got a few of them so it's not a loss either way, but my son gets so excited every time we pull a carrot from that bed it would be a shame if we lost some of them.

Here's the biggest one we've pulled out of there so far (taken December 5th)...


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Post  camprn on 12/27/2010, 3:46 pm

Oh dear! This is the tool I would use, a maddox.
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Post  miinva on 12/27/2010, 3:59 pm

Trouble is, it's a small bed, only about 2x2 and very deep. I don't know why I didn't think to protect it! I'm tempted to put down a tarp and pull the frame off, since it's just sitting on the ground and not secured, other than being frozen. Will the carrots get damaged if I leave them in there?

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Post  boffer on 12/27/2010, 4:07 pm

I don't mulch my carrots, and usually I win! They will survive a few short term freezes. I've even tried heating a trowel with a propane torch trying to dig some up. Last year was odd for us; we had more freeze cycles than usual, and they were longer and colder than usual. The carrots got soft. They weren't good for eating raw, but we used them in soups and stews. I usually have some left in the ground when they start growing again in spring. The flavor changes, and I end up giving them to the dogs.

(I don't mulch because my carrots are in TTs. No use protecting the top if the bottom is going to freeze!)
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Post  camprn on 12/27/2010, 5:27 pm

have you tried a shovel? they may just be in there for the duration Sad
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Post  martha on 12/27/2010, 7:00 pm

I thought only horse people knew dogs like carrots!
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Post  auntij on 12/28/2010, 1:15 am

Martha my dog will take a carrot any day but then again she steals bread and candy and hides it in her crate LOL

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Post  LaFee on 12/28/2010, 3:53 am

My dog *loves* his carrot treats -- he won't eat the stem end, so I cut that off, then he trots outside to devour his treasure. Go figure...but then the stalks of broccoli and cauliflower never make it to the compost bin, because those are treats, too.

I second boffer -- freezing will make them soft, but you can still use them in soups and casseroles.

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Post  acara on 12/28/2010, 6:39 am

@boffer wrote: I've even tried heating a trowel with a propane torch trying to dig some up.

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Re: I forgot to mulch the carrots :(

Post  miinva on 12/28/2010, 5:24 pm

It's supposed to warm up this weekend so I'm hoping that I can get them out of the ground then Smile

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Post  Megan on 12/28/2010, 5:32 pm

Wow, it's supposed to be 55 for New Year's Day!!! *rustles up some mustard and radish seed*
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Re: I forgot to mulch the carrots :(

Post  miinva on 1/1/2011, 6:12 pm

My husband disappeared and I tracked him down, running the hose on the frozen block that was the carrot bed. Here's the aftermath...

The Aftermath

After cleaning them up outside...

My Hero

We were left with these!

Carrot Harvest

I can't thank Josh and Selandra enough! Josh gave my son the seeds for the orange carrots, and Selandra traded me for the white and red ones. I didn't think we grew very many carrots, but I had already pulled three huge carrots from this bed! I'm definitely going to replant that bed with carrots next year.

While we were out there my husband noticed the huge parsley plants and pulled one up. I can't believe how big the root got! This was one of the plants that came up from seed that's at least four years old.

Parsley

Now to find some awesome carrot recipes... if I had my pressure canner, I would can them, but I haven't made that purchase yet.

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Post  camprn on 1/1/2011, 6:17 pm

Fabulous!
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Post  Megan on 1/1/2011, 6:26 pm

Gorgeous, miinva! So pretty. Aside from raw or sauteed with butter, my favorite way to eat carrots is in split pea soup.
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Post  miinva on 1/1/2011, 6:29 pm

They aren't even mushy! A couple of them are two inches in diameter and they're delicious, which is a wonderful surprise. I grew them as a treat for my son because he thought they sounded cool because they grow so big, so he was pleasantly surprised when I cut them up and they taste good! I'm thinking of steaming the smaller ones with the red and white ones for dinner tonight Smile

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Post  Furbalsmom on 1/1/2011, 11:51 pm

So glad your husband figured out how to get those carrots out of the box for you.

Sounds like a good end to your experiment.





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Post  Josh on 1/2/2011, 1:28 pm

Wow miinva that's a really big carrot Ben grew! I'm glad he had good luck with the seeds! It looks like his turned out bigger than the big one I had!

I saved seeds from the beans you sent me so I can grow them again next year!

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Post  middlemamma on 1/2/2011, 8:25 pm

Josh! We have missed you....Smile
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Post  miinva on 1/3/2011, 7:25 pm

I just had to share... the carrots are as beautiful steamed as they were when we harvested them Smile The red ones are a gorgeous deeper reddish-orange, and the white ones weren't all the same, some of them steaming up white and another steaming up almost golden. There's not a lot there so I'm going to give them to my son for dinner. I have a big bag of organic carrots that I'll steam for my husband and I. Now I want to put in a great big quadruple-deep bed and grow a whole bunch of rainbow carrots!


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Post  Furbalsmom on 1/3/2011, 8:17 pm

Beautiful! rock on
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Post  miinva on 1/3/2011, 8:21 pm

I snapped a picture of the Dilly Carrots for a post to my gardening blog, so I thought I'd share that too Smile

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Post  Megan on 1/3/2011, 8:45 pm

OOOH those are gorgeous!!!! Very Happy rock on
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Post  miinva on 1/3/2011, 8:50 pm

I had no idea I could get so excited about carrots! *giggle*

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Post  miinva on 1/16/2011, 8:32 pm

Today we opened a jar of Dilly Carrots and they are outstanding! I had no idea the flavor of dill and carrot could blend so well, but they sure can Smile

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Post  CarolynPhillips on 1/16/2011, 9:26 pm

Excellent Carrots!!!!!!!! Interesting stories. Love the heating of trowels with torches to dig carrots.

I was in a hurry to post and think i missed what kind of carrot Josh sent to Miinva.
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