Thursday, July 15, 2010

Carrots.....


....finally! We have had amazingly poor results in the past with our carrot crops. The ones planted in the fall never seem to make much progress (last year 6 survived...mostly eaten by snails if they came up at all) and the ones in the summer wilt in the heat or bolt to seed before the carrots fully develop. We've tried planting under the shade of other plants, which works marginally, and planting later in the fall, which works not at all (no germination in the cold). This year we seem to have hit on the right combination of planting time and location. We planted around the first of March....in a bed previously growing broccoli...and the germination rate was fantastic. Tho the plants grew slowly...they grew!!!


We have been pulling up carrots for about a month now and yesterday I was able to make juice with the 8 lbs. the we picked....yippee yahoo! And the nice thing, the bed is still FULL of carrots. Now the question remains as to how much longer they can handle the 100+ temps before going to seed. This area does get a bit of shade in the afternoon but as soon as the plants start to flower we will pull the entire bed!

3 comments:

MAYBELLINE said...

Beautiful!

Sandy Duke said...

Maureen, stumbled upon your blog and love it! We also live in the Central Valley and are backyard gardeners. Sounds like we have much in common...including Christ! My husband has served our country as a Marine, and is now serving Christ as a pastor. I would love to get email updates on your blog but could not find a subscription box. Guess I'll settle for "following" or rss feed...

Maureen said...

I'm a bit of a computer dunce so I'm not sure how to do that Sandy, but I'll look into it.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for commenting....it's so nice to see a fellow Central Ca gardener on here. And I checked out your blog as well....I shall return! I've been a bit remiss in posting lately because of all the work in the garden right now, but I'm hoping to get some updated photos on here in the next week.

And check out Maybellines blog...a fellow 'valley girl'....her garden is fabulous!