Right from the initial act of planting carrots, it's hard to imagine waiting for them to grow into crunchy-sweet roots ready for snacking. In nutrient-rich, well drained soil, you'll immediately taste that the wait was well worth it. No conventional store-bought carrot has flavor quite like homegrown organic varieties! Abundant in beta-carotenes, vitamin A, and a variety of antioxidants, carrots are extremely nutritious from roots to greens. Here, we'll show you how and when to harvest carrots (you've got some surprising options).
-Leave carrots in the ground if you are expecting a frost in your climate. Mulch right on top of the crop at the end of the season with a foot or two-deep of dried leaves/straw for insulation. In the middle of winter, head outside in the middle of a sunny day and dig up your orange roots! They will be sweeter after having gone through a few freezes & thaws.
-Try harvesting carrots at 35 days for DIY "baby carrots". This also works as a technique when thinning carrots to one plant per pod in your Seedsheet. Leave some in the ground to develop into full size roots.
-Try doing a taste test! Carrots take on the "flavor" of the soil they are grown in. If you plant carrots in different areas of your garden, you may notice varying flavors or characteristics.
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