Happy Thanksgiving to all.
How many of you are baking this thursday with vegtables you so
diligently worked to raise this past summer.
I will not be because I all my plants died from the frost months ago
and I never got around to planting the pumkin seeds I still have.
Oh well thats why theres a walmart
Chuckie in the frozen north! zone 5
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I won't be cooking anything I grew because I eaten the tomatoes already and
the herbs are long since gone.
But I will be roasting root veggies all day in preparation of driving to my
aunt's house for the day.
The US Thanksgiving comes far too late in the harvest season -- Sukkot is
much more intelligently placed in the calendar, IMO.
The only vegetables I grew that appeared on the menu were potatoes. We also
had the very last of the season's chanterelles that we picked.
Potatoes, brussel sprouts and carrots from the garden were on my
Thanksgiving menu this year. Pretty cool, picking brussel sprouts
three hours before they were to be cooked! The carrots were so sweet
from the frost, everything went well. Next year I'll have squash, too
(they didn't do well this year, although the cukes were awesome).
Ann, gardening in Zone 6a
South of Boston, Massachusetts
?? Hadn't heard that one. Is it actually GOOD to leave carrots in the
ground to be exposed to frost?
Basically an intellectual question, as we do not have frost, but
I am very curious.
Also, does this apply to other root crops?
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A mild frost won't hurt, but I would harvest the carrots immediately. If
you want to keep root crops (and tubers) a cood, dark, not too dry place
is best. Such places used to be called "root cellars", and were standard
equipment on houses and farms built up into the early 20th century. My
grandmother kept carrots in a bucket filled with sand down in the
cellar. They lasted at least half the winter IIRC.
We have one outside made of concrete and bricks. 3 feet deep. Baskets
of roots placed in and topped with hay. Wooden top provided not perfect.
Sort of like a cool/cold humidified storage area.
Sometimes potatoes in February.
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I've tried the bucket of sand routine and found that the carrots got
wimpy fairly soon. It's possible that my basement was too warm.
I find it easier to leave them in the ground. I pile leaves over them
about 3' deep. The ground doesn't freeze. I put a shovel in the ground
at each end of the pile so that when the snow levels out the field I can
find the carrots, and then the shovel is always handy (although the
winter is hard on shovel handles). The carrots are crisp and sweet until
March (New England, Zone 5). After March, they start to grow again and
start to use up the sugars stored in the root so they're not as good.
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