Planting carrot in a short growing season is possible, even better when early frost is coming before harvest time.
It is the time of the year again, harvest the last batch of carrots. I garden in zone 4A. So that is the last frost around May 23rd, and the first frost is around September 12.
Some years, the first frost came early, some years came a little later. This year has been a great summer, lots of sunshine, and not much snow in around the first frost.
Best Time To Harvest Carrots
Depending on what variety you grow, the carrot will be ready when the root resembles a baby carrot. From this point, you can harvest carrots anytime.
If you want to have a full size of carrots also depending on the variety you grow, you can wait until the first frost comes. The snow and light frost make carrots sweeter and crispier.
Because of carrots tolerate light frost, I usually harvest the last batch of carrot in November. Once I dig them up, then I will start the storage process.
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How To Store Unwashed Carrots
If you like to keep the fresh dug carrot in storage, I recommend to shake off the dirt first and let it dry up. Cut off the green to make the carrot crisp last longer. Keep the unwashed carrot in the cellar or any cold place. If there is no cellar, then you can put the carrots covered with sand on the bucket or box. I usually keep it in the cold part of the basement.
How To Store Washed Carrots
I got a lot of carrot from my 3 ft by 4 ft garden box. Most of the times, I just washed them up, and share it with family members and friends. Before I wash them up, cut the green top off first, wash let it dry on a kitchen towel, then put on the ziplock bag to keep the moisture on carrots.
Put the bag of carrots in the coldest part of the fridge. I always keep them on the vegetable drawers. These washed carrots usually last until the next three months.
Companion Planting for Carrots
Planting carrot is simple, as long as the ground is workable with plenty of compost or manure and keep the soil moist. It can grow on plant pot too if there isn’t enough space for a garden.
More gardening tips for your vegetable garden
With the number of crops we got from our raised garden box, gardening in short growing season is possible. That’s why I love free food.