Wednesday, February 9, 2011
The Last Of My Carrots
This past year we grew some Jaune du Doubs and some Danvers we had ordered from Fedco. At first we just broadcast the seeds so we could thin them out. I found that to be really unruly. It seemed that if you pulled them out too soon it left the others all freaked out, and if you waited too long the leaves got tangled in one another and you pull out more than you intended. My husband said we should be using scissors like they do in the Square Foot Gardener. That sort of makes me feel like a lunatic, and however comfortable that feeling is to me, I do try to keep it at a daily minimum of 2-3 hours a day. So, for the fall run I compromised, I sowed the seeds in neat rows two inches apart and figured, at the very least, when I thinned them by snipping off the tops between my fingernails it would be a little easier to manage. That was half true, the other half of that truth is that I got distracted and didn't thin them, really. I also didn't dig them up until the ground accidentally froze around them (pesky, sneaky frost) and I found myself fully dressed in my nicer clothes and new clogs jamming a pointed shovel into the frozen earth pulling up icy chunks of earth with embedded crystallized-looking yellow carrots within. This would have been a great picture, by the way, but I was too busy beating myself up for being a lazy, forgetful wanna-be homesteader with no clue what she was doing to think to ask someone to come over and take a photo. **Update: I got over it. It's all part of learing the rhythmn and balancing act. And the carrots were fine also.
A friend of mine was admiring the long, thick carrots of another woman, and shared with her my carrot lamentations. She said that it took her quite a while to get a good carrot and her trick is to glue the seeds with a flour and water mixture one inch apart on a strip of toilet paper and plant that! Genius! I am now really looking forward to trying the carrot adventure again. This lady is a genius of many many talents, and you can check her out here and here, AND here by the way.
To see what became of those last precious carrots go here.