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
» First Time Gardener... can you give me advice?
by Songbird56 Today at 4:50 pm

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by Robbomb116 Today at 4:42 pm

» Acorn squash and determinate tomatoes
by trolleydriver Today at 4:41 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in May 2017
by trolleydriver Today at 4:37 pm

» growing corn
by CapeCoddess Today at 3:20 pm

» Yard and garden Maintenance Gadgets
by yolos Today at 3:12 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by CapeCoddess Today at 3:02 pm

» Greenhouse dreams
by Turan Today at 3:01 pm

» Bryan Greenbeard of Minnesota's 2017 Plans
by Greenbeard Today at 1:38 pm

» Saving cantaloupe from cucumber beetle?
by has55 Today at 12:53 pm

» Spraying for disease
by has55 Today at 12:34 pm

» Lil' Goners
by sanderson Today at 12:23 pm

» Squash and Zucchini problems
by RC3291 Today at 11:16 am

» Texas Dream garden 2017
by kamigh Today at 10:50 am

» Hello from TN
by flowinowen Today at 8:56 am

» N&C Midwest: May is here! 2017
by CitizenKate Yesterday at 11:19 pm

» Soaking seeds????? HELP
by Yardslave Yesterday at 6:30 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 5:39 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:47 pm

» New England May 2017
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:41 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 2:29 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by yolos Yesterday at 2:20 pm

» Strawberry protection
by donnainzone5 Yesterday at 1:24 pm

» Using Eggshells for your garden
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 10:47 am

» Hello from St Louis
by bigdogrock Yesterday at 9:33 am

» Planting tomatoes, cucumbers and squash back to back on wire mesh trellis.
by walshevak Yesterday at 7:03 am

» boxes on a slope?
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 6:24 am

» Rolly Pollys
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:40 am

» Amaranth
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:37 am

» surprising results from soil test
by dstack 5/27/2017, 9:52 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

PNW growing carrots

View previous topic View next topic Go down

PNW growing carrots

Post  boffer on 1/5/2012, 9:09 pm

The sun was out for a while today, so it was pleasant digging up some carrots for supper. And that got me wondering if anyone else grows enough carrots for the year. It couldn't be easier if you keep these things in mind:

  • You can start planting the last two weeks of March
  • Once in a while a planting doesn't germinate; I don't have a clue why. So I stagger plant to be safe; not for a staggered harvest.
  • I suggest having your planting done by May. My May planted carrots do not reach full size. I don't have a clue why.
  • Nobody's carrots grow as fast as the seed package suggests.
  • Carrots don't reach maturity; eat at any size.
  • Leave them in the box for as long as you want to. Some of the carrots I picked today were what I planted last year during carrot week. (around April 15)
  • I cover my carrots with plastic for the winter to keep them from drowning. They handle the occasional freezes we get just fine without mulch.
  • If you want to know how to grow big carrots, talk to Josh.

Why you might want to grow carrots, even though they are usually cheap.

  • They taste better.
  • It's one less product in your life that may have been tainted by Big Ag.
  • There's lots of fun shapes, sizes, and colors to try.
  • Don't be fooled into thinking that carrots have to be long. Many varieties can be grown in sixth inches of MM.


Here are a few shapes and sizes to consider:




And be sure to check out the world carrot museum!


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: PNW growing carrots

Post  littlejo on 1/5/2012, 9:39 pm

I hope you don't mind me chiming in for your area! I like those tiny carrots, but I found out that (someone) took to cutting the big carrots down to small size, charging more than for the big carrots, and taking away the flavor!

The tiny (less than 2 in.) have great flavor for eating raw, rinse with hose in garden, they don't make it to the house. If you leave them in the ground, they will get about 4 in. but are still sweet.

When is carrot week this yr?

Jo
avatar
littlejo

Female Posts : 1532
Join date : 2011-05-04
Age : 63
Location : Cottageville SC 8b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: PNW growing carrots

Post  camprn on 1/5/2012, 9:40 pm

Nice post! What a Face This time of year I envy you your weather... I was lucky enough to have a minor thaw a week or so back and was able to extract a few shorties> Yummy

____________________________

41 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books



avatar
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14145
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: PNW growing carrots

Post  RoOsTeR on 1/5/2012, 9:44 pm

Excellent information and love the carrot chart.
Thanks boffer!! Very Happy

____________________________


I am my gardens worst enemy.
avatar
RoOsTeR

Forum Administrator

Male Posts : 4231
Join date : 2011-10-04
Location : Colorado Front Range

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: PNW growing carrots

Post  boffer on 1/5/2012, 9:46 pm

You're welcome, but are ya gonna answer the young lady's question? Razz

Oh wait, you don't have a clue what she's talking about!!!

LJ, give us a chance to discuss this! LOL
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: PNW growing carrots

Post  camprn on 1/5/2012, 9:50 pm

Very Happy

____________________________

41 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books



avatar
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14145
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: PNW growing carrots

Post  ashort on 1/5/2012, 10:45 pm

@boffer wrote:You're welcome, but are ya gonna answer the young lady's question? Razz

Oh wait, you don't have a clue what she's talking about!!!

LJ, give us a chance to discuss this! LOL

Sometimes its good to not be the king, eh boffer...

avatar
ashort

Male Posts : 520
Join date : 2011-02-17
Age : 48
Location : Frisco, TX zone 8a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: PNW growing carrots

Post  newstart on 1/6/2012, 11:14 am

The kids want carrots. They have been looking at all the catologs and really want rainbow carrots as they say. So we will try to plant a few types to get a lot of different colors
avatar
newstart

Female Posts : 335
Join date : 2011-11-22
Age : 35
Location : houston, texas zone 9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: PNW growing carrots

Post  gwennifer on 1/6/2012, 12:53 pm

newstart, my kids had to have the rainbow carrots as well (okay, me too!). We found them in a pre-packed blend at Fred Meyer (Ed Hume Seeds), so we got five varieties in one package. According to Territorial Seed Company, there are approximately 650-750 carrot seeds per gram, so one package is plenty for us for a few years!

Having them mixed meant the harvest was more fun since we didn't know which color would come up when we pulled one. My grandma was here when we harvested and she thought they were pretty neat; said she'd never heard of such a thing. Shocked She's been planting carrots for 50 years! So I just bought her a new package to slip in a card with some photos of her great-grandkids.

avatar
gwennifer

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 1413
Join date : 2011-05-11
Location : Vancouver, WA

View user profile http://www.bluekeypm.com

Back to top Go down

Re: PNW growing carrots

Post  happycamper on 1/7/2012, 5:44 am

I have seen those Rainbow carrot seed packets at the store and they look like they would be fun to grow. I have had horrible luck growing carrots. Fresh seed every year but I do not get good germination. I had 9 carrots from carrot week last year out of four squares planted. This year I will be covering them to help germination and planting in March as posted above and see if I have better luck. I can grow parsnips and they seem like they are big carrots, we will see what this year brings!
avatar
happycamper

Female Posts : 304
Join date : 2010-05-26
Location : East County Portland, OR

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: PNW growing 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