- Sep 4, 2009
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Yeah, tear up cement, Steve!!
Steve, wishing you luck
I picked up a mid-sized insulated ice cooler that someone was getting rid of, and I repurposed it for growing plants. Carrot seeds were sown in March, using a board to cover the top of the cooler until they sprouted. Hubby gave me a little rolling board like the ones that movers use to haul furniture around; I put the cooler on that, so I could roll my carrots out in the driveway on sunny days if I felt like it (you know, like any normal person would do). The carrots did great, and since the surface of the soil was about 16" off the ground no carrot rust flies either (they can be a real pest around here). I think the extra warmth from the insulated walls of the cooler helped a lot. Next time I may try sowing them even earlier-- and I would definitely move the cooler to a shady spot on the north side of the house once the carrots sized up, so they don't need as much watering once the weather warms. I have also started to pay close attention to which carrot varieties to plant in spring vs. summer, because selecting the right seeds seems to be especially important with carrots. Kuroda Nova and Ya-Ya are both excellent spring carrots for our area. And as much as I would love to grow carrots there again I figured I had best rotate my crops, so in November I planted 4 Central Siberian garlic cloves in the cooler, with an inverted nursery tray with a rock on top to keep the squirrels from digging in my planter. They should be sprouting soon!Ya know, carrots just AREN't that easy to grow!!
I am thinking of finding them a spot in one of beds and keep planting until I get a crop, THEN, let them go to seed and acclimate to my property.
Anyway, good plan.
Hubby gave me a little rolling board like the ones that movers use to haul furniture around; I put the cooler on that, so I could roll my carrots out in the driveway on sunny days if I felt like it (you know, like any normal person would do).
No rust flies after a 16" elevation?! I've had to give up on carrots mostly 😕 IThe carrots did great, and since the surface of the soil was about 16" off the ground no carrot rust flies either (they can be a real pest around here).
I feel your wife's dislike for garden grown carrots. My hard clay soil not only give me stubby carrots but for some reason they don't taste all that good. Trying another variety this year. Fingers crossed they will be good.I missed these Jan 8th posts.
The only time that I figured it was the flies damaging the carrots - and, they really did a job on them - was when I tried growing some carrots near the south wall of the garage. There was a lot of reflected light and heat. Or, it might just have been in that very sheltered area it was a good habitat for those flies.
It wasn't the "Nova" that I have grown, I don't think, but I have grown Kuroda, @Branching Out . Also the Ya Ya -- those, especially, did real nice.
My big problem with carrots is that DW thinks that they should be looonng things and this rocky ground doesn't allow for much length. Straight is nearly impossible. Gravel and last Summer's dry heat reduced the carrots to scrawny, crooked things.