Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» 1st Seed Catalog Arrived :)
by trolleydriver Today at 4:46 pm

» Tomato Questions
by brianj555 Today at 4:35 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by CapeCoddess Today at 3:24 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Today at 2:42 pm

» December Avatar: 'Tis The Season!
by sanderson Today at 2:29 pm

» What's Up? Yukon gold potatoes!
by saganco Today at 1:17 pm

» The Research Journey:cardboard covering of newly planted seeds
by saganco Today at 1:15 pm

» Areogardening
by trolleydriver Today at 12:58 pm

» Garden Clean-Up/Preparation
by CapeCoddess Today at 12:18 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by CapeCoddess Today at 12:12 pm

» Sweet Potatoes
by countrynaturals Today at 11:29 am

» jalapeno variety question?
by NAR56 Today at 10:39 am

» New Composter - Need Help Filling Correctly
by saganco Yesterday at 10:14 pm

» Sauerkraut & fermenting veggies
by sanderson Yesterday at 9:41 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by Turan Yesterday at 6:39 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:40 pm

» Winter Sowing vs. Winter Growing
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:44 am

» New England December 2017
by Scorpio Rising 12/10/2017, 10:45 pm

» Mushroom in my lettuce!
by Scorpio Rising 12/10/2017, 10:40 pm

» 5-BOOK BUNDLE GIVEAWAY - ENDS 12/1/17
by No_Such_Reality 12/10/2017, 4:15 pm

» N&C MW; Deep Winter December/January 2017-2018
by Scorpio Rising 12/10/2017, 1:36 pm

» December: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas
by countrynaturals 12/10/2017, 1:24 pm

» Spring Fever Anyone?
by brianj555 12/10/2017, 12:50 pm

» WARNING! Please Read! (Especially Grandparents)
by Scorpio Rising 12/9/2017, 8:53 pm

» Mid-South: December 2017
by brianj555 12/9/2017, 7:29 pm

» The start of the New Garden
by brianj555 12/9/2017, 1:35 pm

» Holy snow Batman!
by countrynaturals 12/8/2017, 6:26 pm

» First Year Square Foot Gardening in Zone 9 South Mississippi
by CapeCoddess 12/8/2017, 3:09 pm

» A compost calculator
by kygardener 12/8/2017, 1:34 pm

» Today's Harvest
by brianj555 12/8/2017, 8:46 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

Crazy Carrots

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Crazy Carrots

Post  boffer on 2/1/2011, 7:37 pm

I always stagger plant my carrots just to be on the safe side. I went to pull carrots for dinner and was surprised by what I saw. Seeds from the same package (Danver half long) that were planted in side by side squares. The carrots on the right were planted in mid-April; the ones on the left in mid-May.



   Planted in May Planted in April

I know carrots like cool weather for their first few weeks of development. But my May and June were anything but hot last year. Lesson learned: plant 'em when it's real cool! I got similar results from the Imperators and Nantes Coreless.
avatar
boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 64
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: Crazy Carrots

Post  Ceashels on 2/2/2011, 3:25 pm

What a difference! A picture is worth a thousand words.
avatar
Ceashels

Female Posts : 26
Join date : 2011-01-27
Location : zone 7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Crazy Carrots

Post  CarolynPhillips on 2/2/2011, 10:03 pm

and the April carrots grew 4 wks longer than the May carrots--right?

and it took them 9 months to grow that much?
avatar
CarolynPhillips

Female Posts : 778
Join date : 2010-09-06
Age : 47
Location : Alabama Zone 7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Crazy Carrots

Post  boffer on 2/2/2011, 10:23 pm

@CarolynPhillips wrote:and the April carrots grew 4 wks longer than the May carrots--right?
and it took them 9 months to grow that much?

Yes, the May carrots were stunted by warm weather.

LOL, I'm not sure when they quit growing. But I don't have your energy! I leave them in the ground until I need them. I still have a couple squares left that I planted last spring.

All planted on 4/18. Picture taken 7/10
Left to Right
Danver Half Long........Nantes Coreless..........Imperator


I guess they still had more growing to do! Carrots always take me lots longer than than the seed package guestimate.
avatar
boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 64
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: Crazy Carrots

Post  CarolynPhillips on 2/2/2011, 10:49 pm

I didn't know warm weather would stunt a carrot. Learn something new everyday.
I still have carrots in my beds. I been pulling them out when I want a snack. They been growing since October. I posted a picture around here somewhere. I tend to get lost sometimes.

I know my grandfather left his carrots in the ground for a whole year once and they were humongous. (spring to spring) biggest carrots I ever saw. I would love to do that.
avatar
CarolynPhillips

Female Posts : 778
Join date : 2010-09-06
Age : 47
Location : Alabama Zone 7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Crazy Carrots

Post  CarolynPhillips on 2/2/2011, 11:00 pm

avatar
CarolynPhillips

Female Posts : 778
Join date : 2010-09-06
Age : 47
Location : Alabama Zone 7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Crazy Carrots

Post  CarolynPhillips on 2/2/2011, 11:01 pm

Boffer. I love your TT. How deep is that???looks really deep
avatar
CarolynPhillips

Female Posts : 778
Join date : 2010-09-06
Age : 47
Location : Alabama Zone 7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Crazy Carrots

Post  boffer on 2/3/2011, 1:16 am

The boards are 2x6's, so the box is about 11 inches deep. I've grown carrots and parsnips in it for five straight years. I thought about doing potatoes in it this year just so I can say that I rotate crops occasionally!
avatar
boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 64
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: Crazy Carrots

Post  CarolynPhillips on 2/3/2011, 6:59 pm

@boffer wrote:The boards are 2x6's, so the box is about 11 inches deep. I've grown carrots and parsnips in it for five straight years. I thought about doing potatoes in it this year just so I can say that I rotate crops occasionally!

wow, it looks much deeper than that. I would of guessed 24 inches and guessed wrong.
I can't wait to plant in mine. bounce

Have you grown potatoes before? In the TT? How did that work out?

avatar
CarolynPhillips

Female Posts : 778
Join date : 2010-09-06
Age : 47
Location : Alabama Zone 7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Crazy Carrots

Post  boffer on 2/3/2011, 7:31 pm

Taters were one of the last things I tried in a TT. The closer box is 2x9x6". The rear box is 4x6x12"


  • This was the first time I tried 'hilling' with straw. I didn't like it, and much prefer compost, soil, or MM.
  • Since hilling didn't help grow any extras in the deep box, I got about the same numbers from squares in both boxes.
  • They grew just fine in the 6" as long as I was careful to keep the spuds covered.
  • I planted about the same number of seed potatoes in the ground where I usually plant, as I did in the TTs. Harvests were about the same.
  • Potatoes are a low maintenance plant, so I don't mind planting them on the ground.
  • My wife asked that I don't plant potatoes in MM anymore. She thinks that MM is very 'sticky' on potatoes, and that it is difficult to scrub off. I agree, a little bit, but not so much as to not plant in MM.

avatar
boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 64
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: Crazy Carrots

Post  CarolynPhillips on 2/3/2011, 8:00 pm

The potatoes made a pretty grow box.

Everyone has always told me to hill them so they would produce up the stem too but the two times I grew them like that, I only got potatoes near the bottom. I don't get them up the stem. The next time I grow them, I will only pull enough soil around them to support the base of the plant and mulch with shredded dry grass clippings. I will actually try this in the concrete block raised bed.


avatar
CarolynPhillips

Female Posts : 778
Join date : 2010-09-06
Age : 47
Location : Alabama Zone 7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Crazy Carrots

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum