My dad dug up a small section of carrots this evening and look at what he dug up! Wow! These are huge! The awesome thing about it is the carrots are good all the way through. They are not woody or old tasting, they are sweet and yummy!
Check out how big that sucker is!
We planted these in the late spring, and kept them covered with boards until they sprouted. Carrots are hard to keep moist. They aren’t planted very deep so they tend to dry out pretty fast. We cover them with boards or burlap so we can keep them moist until they sprout. Then we take the boards off so the sunlight can do its work.
After they are an inch or so high we thin them out. A farmer friend around here puts the seeds in a salt shaker to plant them and he does not thin them. that is ok if you want your carrots super close together and sometimes winding around each other. We like to thin them and let them get big and straight.
If we had dug them up earlier in the year they would not be so big. The weather around here has been crazy this year too. It has stayed sorta warm even through the winter months. It is December and it rained the other day. I’m sure that when it is warm enough to rain, those cold weather crops like carrots will be growing.
It snowed today, so growth will be slow again, phew. The sun isn’t out much in the winter either so that slows the growth down.
I usually choose Danvers carrots for our clay soil. They don’t try to be super long, so it fits with the growing conditions. That is what these are. Dad remembers planting Dantes, so if you are going to plant off of my recommendation, research Dantes and Danvers.
I think I’ll go make some carrot soup with garlic and onion. Yum
I remembered that I have posted about carrots before, so here are a few links to my other carrot posts 🙂