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Accidental harvest

Posted by highalttransplant z 5 Western CO (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 9, 12 at 19:25

Okay, so I didn't harvest all of my carrots in time last fall, and the ground was already frozen when I tried to get the last Juane de Doubs out of the ground. So I finally get outside today, for the first time to look around and check things out. The fall planted garlic is already starting to sprout. As I was giving it a drink, I saw a little bit of green, started digging around and look what I found!!!

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There were a couple of ginormous mutant carrots, probably close to 5" across.

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There were also a couple of normal sized carrots, and a few babies.

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I threw out the mutants, and the fat, woody ones, but I may see if some of the smaller ones are actually edible. What's amazing to me, is that usually whatever gets missed in the fall is rotten, or has worm holes of some sort. Maybe it's because this winter was so mild and dry on this side of the state, that they are still viable.

Bonnie


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RE: Accidental harvest

Very nice, Bonnie! Isn't it fun to get a surprise like that! Unless that variety gets woody, I think you may find they're sweeter and better after being out in the cold--like parsnips--than they would have been if you had dug them in fall.

You reminded me that I need to get the rest of my carrots, beets, and parsnips dug up SOON! With the warm temps we're gonna have around here for the next week, they're gonna start growing and not be good anymore if I don't do it now!

Skybird


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RE: Accidental harvest

I used to leave my carrots in the ground till around now. But the last few years they have been located where I needed to work the ground in the fall so haven't over wintered any. I've found them to be as good if not better in the later winter. Jay


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RE: Accidental harvest

I bet those big ones would be pretty good roasted in butter.

/I missed lunch.


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