Saturday, January 22, 2011

What's up doc?

The sun came out today and I ventured out to open up the greenhouse.

It's still a little breezy and requires a sweater, but the sun feels so good.

I decided to peruse the garden and decided it must be time to test a carrot to see if it is done. The foliage is getting quite full and tall.

Spade in hand, I gently loosened the largest one without disturbing its neighbors.

I brought it in and lovingly washed all the dirt off. Then, as all garden bloggers do, I took it out to find a suitable spot to take its portrait!

It looks quite yellow and I vague remembered planting an unusual variety of carrots, but I only included a decorate label that was simply marked 'carrots.' A search of my blog posts didn't find a name either, so I set about trying to find the seed packet from whence it came.


Lo and behold, there it was, on the potting cabinet in the garage, along with all the other fall veggie seed packets. At least I had the sense to save the empty or partial packets.

These seeds require 10-20 days to germinate and I planted them on November 10th. Today marks day #73. But then again, this is Texas, and they've enjoyed quite a bit of extra sunshine and wonderful growing weather to boost them along.

Now I know why the carrot was yellow, it was supposed to be yellow -- it's a Sunshine carrot. How appropriate -- we all took a little taste of it and pronounced it sweet and delicious.

There are quite a few more as big as this one, so I will be going back outside with a basket to gather up some snacks!

13 comments:

Kylee said...

You know what's cool about carrots, Diana? They can freeze solid in the ground (mine are there now) and I could go out and dig them up (if I could get the spade in the ground) and we could have them for supper. And freezing like that makes them sweeter. How cool is that?

Diana said...

Wow, Kylee, I had no idea. I know they can withstand hard freezes, but that really is amazing. This was my first year to plant them but now I will plant them in every fall garden.

Kylee said...

You have to use them right away, but it's great that you can leave them in the ground like that until you're ready!

Kylee said...

Oh, and you can do that with turnips, too. I planted some a couple of summers ago, late in the season, never thinned them, and didn't harvest them. (They were an afterthought and since I didn't thin them, I figured the wouldn't amount to anything.) I just left them there all winter, but in the spring when I was getting the garden ready to plant, don't you know, there were nice, healthy turnips in that ground! Not as large as usual, but edible!

MrBrownThumb said...

Wow, that a really nice color. I think I have those seeds but didn't sow them.

Diana said...

Kylee - can you believe I've never had turnips? I know...I'm vegetable challenged. Don't tell anyone! I did the same with beets that I harvested well into the spring and they were wonderful.

MBT - It was just fun to pull out the carrot and find that it wasn't orange. Tasted great, too.

Jayne said...

Looks great Diana :-)

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I had to smile about finding a good spot to take the carrot's picture. I sometimes take outdoor and indoor ones, then decide which has turned out better.

I planted some multi colored carrots one year, and they did pretty well.

We're snow covered, but I am happy that the days are getting longer. That always lifts my spirits.

Diana said...

Jayne - Thanks. So glad to learn the carrot was supposed to be yellow and wasn't defective!

Corner Gardener Sue: I'm always trying to figure out a good place to take pictures. Here I am usually fighting a blazing sun. I really should invest in some 50 cent poster board!

katina said...

I like this variety, too. sadly I planted my carrot seeds too early and a bunch of them didn't germinate. I replanted again at the end of december, which is probably a bit too late for them to be ready by the time I'm ready to plant the spring garden.

katina said...

Oh yes, I should also mention that I served the carrots in chicken pot pie which really brought out the yellow and then had to explain to my inlaws that the carrots were supposed to be yellow.

Diana said...

Katina - that's too funny that you had to convince them that the carrots were ok! Your carrots might be ok. Mine said 88 days, and if you put yours in early Dec. you're almost to 60 days. In any case, you should be able to pick them young!

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This is something so helpful. I just started gardening and I really don't know almost everything.