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Re: If You CARROT all for SFG...

Post  jerzyjen on 2/22/2011, 12:30 pm

Quick carrot question. Has anyone had success growing carrots on the north side of a trellis? I know I can put lettuce in there, but am thinking of doing a row of carrots on the backside. In August when the cherry tomato takes over the world, I think whatever is there will end up getting about 4-5 hrs of afternoon sun, and maybe a little in the morning too. I think I may have too many carrots anyway so I might go ahead and try it, just wondering if anyone else did this and it worked (or was a horrible failure).

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Re: If You CARROT all for SFG...

Post  boffer on 2/22/2011, 12:52 pm

The carrots I planted last April grew to be 3x bigger than the ones I planted in May. All other factors were the same. (I don't know about the moon's phase.) That makes me think that the crucial development happens when it's cooler. I'll be trying the same thing again this year.

In your back row, you might try stagger planting the squares to see how they develop. I don't think the summer shade will affect them.

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Post  Smartchick on 2/22/2011, 4:28 pm

I'm in! I can't remember what variety I planted last year but they didn't do super well so I'm game to try Nantes. Darn, now I'll have to go look at seeds again...I guess I shall force myself.

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Post  Furbalsmom on 2/22/2011, 5:06 pm

@Smartchick wrote:Darn, now I'll have to go look at seeds again...I guess I shall force myself

I know, isn't it awful that you HAVE to go out again and look for more seeds?

I am one of those people that needs adult supervision when I go to the Territorial Seed Co. store in Cottage Grove, OR. It is only about 80 miles away and I went Nutso when I last visited them a few weeks ago! Very Happy Any garden plans I had made went right out the window. I now have more packages of seed than I have planned squares in my garden Shocked

At least now, I have seeds to donate to the Community Garden here in town and that is after I start all these different varieties of peppers, tomatoes, herbs, lettuces and beans and - and - and - the list goes on.

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Re: If You CARROT all for SFG...

Post  CindiLou on 2/22/2011, 5:48 pm

I was so intent on making sure I got my carrots I forgot my brussel sprouts! I need to plant them this week. So off to try to not buy ANY seeds but those!

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Re: If You CARROT all for SFG...

Post  Megan on 2/22/2011, 5:58 pm

@CindiLou wrote:I was so intent on making sure I got my carrots I forgot my brussel sprouts! I need to plant them this week. So off to try to not buy ANY seeds but those!

Right... uh huh! Twisted Evil Smile

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Re: If You CARROT all for SFG...

Post  CindiLou on 2/22/2011, 6:18 pm

I have to figure out what I am doing lol..I have myself so far behind in planning! I have my salad beds planned, and a bed for my brassicas. But I still have two more beds, carrots, beans, kohlirabi, turnips, and much more I want to get in there, Onions, garlic already in, more I can't think of right now. Plus I have cherry bushes, blueberry, and hybiscus coming.

I did get some help today to move the peat to the garden area lol...child labor laws are not viable in NaNa's garden.


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Post  SlapHappy on 2/25/2011, 3:50 pm

@Old Hippie wrote:We are glad you found it too, Slap Happy!!

Thanks to all for the warm welcomes. This is such a friendly group!

I did read the book, and I'm sure I'll be referring back to it many times throughout the year.

If you would have told me 3 months ago that I was going to garden in my back yard, and even think about setting up a "wiggler Hilton", I would have thought you were nuts. But it's all true, and now I can't wait for spring to get here!

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Yay, more carrots!

Post  Megan on 2/25/2011, 4:38 pm

Well, I started out with one type of carrot, was sent some Nantes seed (thanks!!), and now I have two more types to try! I ordered White Belgian carrot seed from Baker Creek (among other things) just to see what they were like, and the free seed pack they sent along was another carrot, Parisienne!

So, crossing my fingers here, it looks like I'll have at least 4 squares of carrots this year! The simplest thing to do is probably to re-purpose my 1x4 high-rise box that I made last year for the potatoes. (The potatoes, this year, will probably go into a bin I'll make from wood recycled from pallets.)

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Re: If You CARROT all for SFG...

Post  SlapHappy on 2/25/2011, 5:16 pm

Can someone help point me in the right direction on what seed to get? I happened to stumble into these on the web...

http://www.parkseed.com/gardening/PD/5741/
- or maybe this one -
http://www.parkseed.com/gardening/PD/5879/

Is Park Seed Co. a good place to get seeds? Is there a better place?

I also looked at Baker Creek, but they didn't have anything called Nantes.

Sorry for all the questions (and more to come, I'm sure...)

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Re: If You CARROT all for SFG...

Post  Megan on 2/25/2011, 5:27 pm

No need to apologize for asking questions! Smile That's part of what we are here for.

Nantes is a descriptor for a growth habit of carrots. I simply don't know them well enough to be able to say which of Baker Creek's are Nantes-type. Embarassed

The Parks website looks fine, but you might want to check our seed database, too; it could be that someone has some they could share with you.

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Dollar Tree 25 Cents!

Post  elliephant on 3/1/2011, 4:26 pm

I had looked at Dollar General where someone said they found them...no luck in my area (no seeds there at all). But just last night I found 25 cent packets of Scarlet Nantes at Dollar Tree! Yay! Going to save a shady spot and try to grow carrots in the heat.

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If you CARROT....

Post  trustinhart on 3/11/2011, 8:42 pm

Hey, I'm back and I'm in. Park seeds are reliable with a good guarantee, but a bit on the pricey side. (IMHO) This is going to be fun!!!

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Re: If You CARROT all for SFG...

Post  Blackrose on 3/11/2011, 8:51 pm

I'm glad this post keeps popping up! It keeps reminding me that Carrot Week is really not that far away. I have put it in my calendar so I get a nice popup reminder on my screen.

Getting sooooooo excited to plant something outside. cheers

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Re: If You CARROT all for SFG...

Post  FarmerValerie on 3/12/2011, 9:00 am

Maybe on Carrot Day we could get the dancing veggies back, this time to sing Tax Man???

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Post  TheVeggieO's on 3/12/2011, 10:06 am

I simply can't wait till it warms just a bit more so I can plant my carrots! We had the most amazing crop of carrots last year. I got the seeds from Nichol's Garden Nursery. The variety was called Envy...large, long and sweet and big in diameter as well! This year the variety has been upgraded and is now called Baltimore. I simply can't see how they could improve upon it..at least for our area. I buy from Nichol's Garden Nursery every year...great small and friendly business to work with. Wonderful catalog, too. Check them out at http://www.nicholsgardennursery.com/
Hope that is ok to endorse a company like that!

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Post  windrider1967 on 3/12/2011, 3:40 pm

I'm in. I was planning to do a square of nantes on the 16th anyways as part of my sucession on the salad garden. Not doing MM so we'll see what a native soil, compost and peat mix does.

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Re: If You CARROT all for SFG...

Post  mcduff on 3/12/2011, 8:47 pm

New gardener ready to join in on the fun! Thanks for the carrot lesson.

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Re: If You CARROT all for SFG...

Post  Furbalsmom on 3/12/2011, 9:23 pm

McDuff

Glad you joined us and hope you will participate in our Carrot Week beginning April 15th.

Ask questions, if you have them. Please keep us posted on the progress of your SFG and post pictures when you can.

Again, Welcome McDuff

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Post  Melbourne on 3/15/2011, 1:09 pm

Sounds like fun - count us in. We are new SFG'ers also and we already have seeds from Johnny. We're using a Growcamp so we have a 20" deep bed, trying Nelson F1 (Nantes) and Hercules F1.

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Re: If You CARROT all for SFG...

Post  FarmerValerie on 3/15/2011, 2:02 pm

I took my grandson (5) yesterday to plant some carrots while he was here. When I pulled out the seed packet he wanted to know where the carrots where. I explained we were planting carrot seeds that would become carrots soon. When we were done he said "Okay, let's go inside and wait on the carrots". Grandkids, gotta love 'em.

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Post  Nicola on 3/17/2011, 2:07 pm

@Smartchick wrote:Darn, now I'll have to go look at seeds again...I guess I shall force myself
@Furbalsmom wrote:I know, isn't it awful that you HAVE to go out again and look for more seeds?
I am one of those people that needs adult supervision when I go to the Territorial Seed Co. store in Cottage Grove, OR.
I was thinking the same thing, how "awful"! Smile
You're near Territorial? I love the catalog, can't imagine being "in it" so to speak--and I still miss the summer I spent in Eugene, then just got moved in to Portland, for a month-- when I got sick and had to come running home to CT (one of the great what-ifs of my life).
I live about a half-hour from Comstock, Ferre & Co., (one of?) the oldest seed companies around (which went out of business, but was resurrected by Baker Creek). I went in there the other day, needing to 'use the facilities' which they don't have available, so it saved my boyfriend from forcibly dragging me out.
I still have carrot seed from them from last year, Parisienne and Tonda di Parigi, as well as a pack and a half of Botanical Interests' Little Finger Baby Carrot. I just may have to get back over to Wethersfield, for a packet of Nantes. (Never mind that there does seem to be a sealed pack of Burpee organic Scarlet Nantes that the Other Half picked up at Walmart last year, in this pile. I know I'll come up with some reason that it's not Twisted Evil good enough)
And though it may be a little too soon, I couldn't help it-- I got the old winter leaves off one of my frames, and had to get in to the Mix! Carrots is one square I planted the other day, as well as a double square of lettuce mix, and some radishes. Yeah, that was my reason for going to Comstock--gotta have more radish seed, as well as the "Clydes Garden Planner" I read about.


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RE: If you CARROT all about SFG

Post  Goosegirl on 3/18/2011, 6:53 am

I felt the same way about Baker Creek! I visited their new Seed Bank in Petaluma, CA last year on Jan. 1 as I was driving through on vacation. I grew up out there and had to see what they had done with the old Savings Bank that they re-did for the seed store. They were supposed to be closed on Jan. 1 but were in there setting out all the new stock and decided to unlock the doors bacause of all the holiday foot traffic - good thing for me since I had come 2000 miles to see them! Spent way more than Hubby approved of, but had my most successful garden to date tongue !

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Post  Josh on 3/18/2011, 4:56 pm

I got my seeds so count me in! Very Happy

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Post  retired member 2 on 3/21/2011, 9:02 pm

This sounds so fun. Hopefully, I will get my beds made this coming weekend. I bought a package of Nantes carrot seeds Saturday. I'm new, but I am jumping right in!

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