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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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September 26, 2012 - 8:18 am

My carrots were planted on March 24, in my RAISED BED GREENHOUSE. I think we started harvesting baby carrots (thinning process) in June. Each time my Granddaughters come to visit, Jaelin, asks to pull some.  Yesterday she was so excited because she got the longest one ever.Surprised I think the 'LASAGNA METHOD' I used worked well and I will be starting the process all over again soon.DSC04268.JPGImage Enlarger

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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KeyWee54
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September 26, 2012 - 8:25 am

I absolutely love that your granddaughters are so excited about gardening.  You are doing them a wonderful favor that they can carry with them the rest of their lives.  You are an awesome grandma (well, I was going to say "great" grandma, but we don't want to rush that yet, do we!?Laugh).

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Lark
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April 12, 2013 - 9:01 pm

Today I am planting some carrots in a pot. I used an ORGANIC potting mix. It seems light & fluffy. I took the advice of someone who said to mix the little carrot seed with sand and then sprinkle it onto the soil. This method is suppose to keep the small seed scattered farther apart and should keep them from having to be thinned. I covered the seed ever so slightly and gave them a MISTING OF WATER. Then covered the pot with some clear plastic, hoping to encourage germination.

 

Note to self:  This seed is from 2009 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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April 24, 2013 - 5:57 am

The carrot seed (in the pot) is up and the sand method worked quite well. The seed (Danver's Half Long) was from 2009. I will have to do some thinning. What I don't like about container growing is how fast they dry out. I will be keeping this container on the deck so I REMEMBER to water, probably DAILY. They are suppose to mature in 75 days to 7" long. The main reasons I am growing in a container is to see if they growing straighter (no forking) and less bug holes.Confused Time will tell.Smile

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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April 28, 2013 - 5:34 am

Yesterday, I planted a row of 'Imperator' Carrot seed in the 7'x7' LASAGNA GARDEN. I mixed my screened compost, Azomite, kelp meal and worm castings together and spread it in a row about 1" deep. Sprinkled the carrot seed on top, covered the seed with a thin layer of organic potting mix, firmed it in and watered.

 

My test is to see which carrots look and taste better...the ones in the pot or the ones in the garden.Confused

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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October 26, 2013 - 8:23 am

I harvested all my carrots. I did not take time to thin them properly. Some of them the top 3" was out of the ground. ConfusedI think that might have happened because I didn't cover the seed to deep. Some had bugs eating the root. Others were weird.  BUT I have about 4 lbs. that I will slice and freeze for soup & stews. FIRST I have to scrub them. I need to do this outside because they are soooooooo dirty. Maybe I will do this later in the day when it warms up, the upper 40's. Brrrrrrrrrr.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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October 28, 2013 - 7:41 am

The weather co-operated, 52 and sunny. I scrubbed all my muddy carrots outside. Dave peeled the carrots for me while I soaked my aching body in a hot tub. Now that my aches are minimal, I chopped the carrots into coin size for soups and into 4" chunks for pot roasts. I blanched them for 2-3 minutes, drained the carrots, poured them into an ice bath for 2-3 minutes, drained in colander, poured them onto a towel to dry a little more and then placed them into a freezer bag. Now I have carrots for the Winter.Smile

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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April 18, 2014 - 1:11 pm

I planted my carrot seed yesterday. Two varieties. 'Imperator' and 'Danvers' Half Long. The seed is from 2010 and 2009. I covered the seed very lightly with my seed starting mix. I had read to use this mix for very small seeds. Easy for the seed to push through, plus it has a lot of perlite in it and makes the row very visible as to where the seed was planted. Time will tell. The soil in this bed seems to be much fluffier this year. As this is the second year using the LASAGNA METHOD of gardening.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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August 3, 2014 - 8:01 pm

I have been harvesting some nice size carrots for two weeks. Pulling some of them allows others to get bigger. So far they are better than last year. No forking YET and so far no borers in the carrot.

 

Today I planted another row of carrots. Danvers 126.  They are suppose to be resistant to cracking & splitting. They said this variety is good for harder soils. I pulled a row of beets out to make room for these Danvers. The soil was pretty good BUT I decided to amend the soil with a mixture of peat moss, perlite and azomite. I covered the seed with a thin layer of vermiculite. I find that vermiculite is lighter than soil and the seeds have an easier time germinating & popping up. 

 

I plan on doing the LASAGNA GARDENING METHOD again this Fall. I will be doing this right over the carrots. I hope that all these layers of leaves, grass clippings etc. will insulate the carrots and I will be able to harvest into November and with some luck December. If I can find an empty spot in the garden, I might try this method with potatoes too.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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August 12, 2014 - 8:31 pm

Carrots that I planted August 3 are up. I have been watering them once daily. If it was really hot, twice daily.  I have never planted carrots this late in the season. I hope this experiments works.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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