Friday, February 11, 2011

Winter carrots

We love our winter carrots, but I have to admit that because we've gotten so much snow in the past 10 days, I've been a bit lazy shoveling off the cold frames. Of course, the temperatures have also been frigid and I'm a big believer in the insulating properties of snow on top of a frame when temperature plunge.

But, since I just got a request for cold frame carrots from the kids, I went up and dug out the frames to pull a dozen sweet Napoli carrots.. As you can see, we do have quite a bit of snow, so it took me a few minutes to locate the exact spot of the frames! There were also quite a few deer tracks meandering around the buried garden beds.. in fact, yesterday morning, as we were getting ready for the school bus, two deer wandered through the backyard and stopped for moment to observe the crazy humans staring at them from the window. Darn deer!

Anyway, if you look closely at the photos, you'll see the carrot tops still look pretty good. I often fill the frame with shredded leaves in early winter for extra insulation, but because it was so nice this year, I never bothered. There is a crust of frozen soil at the very surface, but the shovel sunk down into the earth very easily and out came the carrots! They're a good size - most are about 6 inches long, making them the perfect size for snacking.

Check out the following photos sent in by Pete from New Brunswick who is winning the 'snow-off', as they are very close to breaking their all-time snowfall record.. keep that snow Pete! We have more than enough here!

Happy Gardening!


  1. Poor Pete...teheheheh....)))))

    Can't believe the carrots...just keep continuing to amaze me and I will try harder next year...honest. Well, mine HAVE sprouted in the cold frame so am pleased about that.

    We couldn't decide about leaving the snow on the frame or not but thought the weight on the lites might be too much so removed it.

  2. Ha! I have to put skis on now to take the kitchen waste out to the garden. Just too deep to wade anymore.

  3. Wow, you really have to work at getting to those carrots. It looks like the cold frame is a couple feet under the snow. They look like nice ones though and I bet they tasted just as good.:)

  4. Ok, I have NO excuse not to completely follow through with my winter garden this coming year. If you have to shovel the snow off your cold frame, I can water inside a PVC hoop cover... Looks like my fall seed purchase will include mache and other winter hardy veggies. Thanks for the inspiration!


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