Monday, November 29, 2010

Harvesting My Favorite Root Vegetable-Carrots!

About 1 1/2 weeks ago I thought I would harvest my carrots because the weather was going to turn bitter cold. I was glad I did, because our low temps have been in the single digits for almost a week now...Burrrr! My carrots were the last vegetable growing in my garden, and boy were they worth the wait! Can I just say that it is so rewarding to pull these rich orange, crisp, delectable beauties out of my own garden? As long as you have loose, well-drained soil, they are one of the easiest vegetables to grow.

This carrot variety is called 'Scarlet Nantes.' It is a long, fine-grained carrot that is nearly coreless. It doesn't get woody either.

Bugs Bunny would love this carrot, and so should you!

Aren't the carrots so cute lined up together?

The benefits of growing carrots: good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamin A





14 comments:

  1. Your carrot harvest looks amazing! My boyfriend would be so jealous, it's his favorite veggie. I didn't get any carrots in for the fall so we'll have to wait until spring now. Thanks for sharing the photos of your harvest so I can live vicariously!

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  2. Those carrots look yummy. You got a great harvest, glad you got them before the cold did too.

    btw, I bought the 'Novella' Amaryllis at my local greenhouse. They had a nice assortment this year. I have ordered online in the past tho when I couldn't find bulbs locally. I hope you find some ~ they are my favorite for winter color.

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  3. Thanks Kathleen, I will be on the look-out for these beautiful bulbs at my local nursery. One more question-how many weeks were you able to enjoy the amaryllis in bloom? And yes the carrots have been delicious!

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  4. Your carrots look delicious! What a satisfying feeling to harvest your crop. We eat a lot of carrots at our house, too. We have so much shade in our present yard that we only manage a few tomatoes in one sunny corner.

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  5. What yummy carrots! My horses would dearly love to pay a visit to your garden. :)) It has been unseasonably cold, hasn't it? I had to harvest my poor beets 4 weeks ago but I think I'm in a much higher elevation than you.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. And, welcome to the blogosphere. It's always nice to meet a new UT gardener!

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  6. How fun! I'm waiting for my beets to mature and looking forward to pulling them up!

    I enjoyed looking through your blog. Fall is my favorite time of year too and it's been fun seeing fall images from the rest of the world as ours is very subtle down here in Texas!

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  7. Hi again Ramona!
    Thanks for all your nice comments on my Amaryllis. I'm glad you bought some bulbs too even if you weren't able to find 'Novella.' (btw, she's still blooming and there's a second bloom stalk about to open too. I think I should get a couple weeks enjoyment out of each of my bulbs)
    'Red Lion' and 'Apple Blossom' are the most common Amaryllis around here too. I have to visit the greenhouses to find anything different. A lot of my unique ones I've ordered online tho. I have a book about Amaryllis (author is Starr Ockenga) that inspired me and made me want certain bulbs. If I couldn't find them locally, I googled them by name and a source would come up. I hope that helps!

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  8. Thanks so much for letting me know about the book on Amaryllis. I will look it up. I bet your home is beautiful at Christmas with all the varieties you have.

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  9. Wow, I'm so impressed with your carrot crop!!! I can grow flowers all day long, but veggies are another story. I'll keep trying till I get a harvest like this!

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  10. I've never tried carrots, but I'm going to give them a try after reading this...thanks for sharing :)

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  11. I wish I could grow carrots like that! I have tried lots of different precautions, but the carrot root fly always gets them. In 2010 I tried the "fly-resistant" varieties "Flyaway" and "Resistafly", and they were definitely better, but still resistant rather than immune!
    I have had more success with parsnips [see Appalachian Feet! :)]

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  12. Awesome harvest you have there. I never had success with nantes variety before.

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  13. Hi Ramona,
    I saw your comment on another blog, where you mentioned being in zone 5. In my part of Nebraska, it's zone 5b. We have snow on the ground, too.

    I stopped to leave a comment here first, because I enjoyed seeing all those carrots! I need to loosen my soil, because my carrots don't get that big very often. What an awesome harvest!

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  14. Toni, Rebecca, Mark, Malay, and Sue, I've really enjoyed all of your comments about my carrot post. The carrots have been so delicious! I have just a few small ones left in my refrigerator(my special treat), when I need a taste from my garden.

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