The carrots had to come out. I plant my carrots in a raised bed each year and after having made my garden plan for next season, I realized the bed in which the carrots were this year is the designated garlic bed for next year. And, of course, up here in the north land, garlic needs to be planted in the fall.
I try to get the garlic in by October 15th (how'm I doin'?), so the carrots had to come out, out, out.
Apparently growing conditions weren't perfect for our root crops this year. I knew this about the carrots because of a few I'd already snitched and because very few crowns were showing above the soil. Same with our beets which are still in the ground. I've never grown beets with such small tops or beets so down right puny.
Anyway, the carrots grown were mainly my old favorites Scarlet Nantes. For fun and experimentation this year, I planted one row of Deep Purple and one row of Dragon. These are two "richly pigmented" carrots which supposedly contain more health benefits than other, regular carrots.
The four foot row of Dragon yielded only 3-3/4 pounds. The outer skin is dark as noted in the picture, but the main part looks orange like any other carrot. We have tasted them. The flavor? Meh. Not sweet at all, but that may change in storage.
Wow, now here's a dark colored carrot! Plus, they are dark all the way through. We haven't taste tested them yet, but they produced the nicest looking (biggest, anyway) carrot I grew. Got 6 pounds from the one four foot long row.
Then there is our main crop of Scarlet Nantes. (Don't they look like a bunch of misshapen hot dogs?) Very disappoint in size this year. Most of them are of a good length, but very thin. Why? Dunno.
We're used to regularly getting carrots that are at least the size of the three with the pencil over them. Haven't tasted these yet either. I got 17 pounds from 24 feet of them.
I guesstimate we consume one pound of carrots a week so my total poundage of approximately 26 pounds should last about six months. Six months of very skinny carrots. And we'll be glad to have them!
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