Kristi CookBesides eating the fruits of my labor, one of my greatest joys with homesteading is found in continuous experimentation. Every year I make it a point to grow a new variety, a new species, or try some new and interesting method. Without fail, this curiosity leads to lessons learned both for the good and for the not so good. When I began experimenting with fall and winter gardening, I decided to give carrots a try, and am so glad I did. Not only did carrots prove to be easy, but they also taste far superior to their summer counterparts.

winter carrots

Growing winter carrots is easy, and roots can be harvested throughout the winter

months anytime the ground isn’t frozen solid.

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While summer carrots happily grow in loose, friable soil in both in-ground beds and raised ones, winter carrots tend to prefer raised beds placed in full sun. Because the roots will be dormant by winter, little excess moisture will be removed making the raised bed’s increased drainage key to keeping carrots from rotting in the cold, wet soil.

11/17/2018 8:36:25 PM

Worked great until the voles discovered my stash, set up winter quarters in it, and ate ALL the carrots - before January!

11/17/2018 8:36:24 PM

All very lovely until the voles discovered my winter stash, built a nest in it and ate ALL of the carrots.

11/17/2018 12:34:45 PM

Im in zone 7a. Its been milder and wetter and Ive experimented in planting late. Seedlings are up and cold snaps didn't kill them. I have some mulch in the beds for protection. Now theres mostly above freezing temps forecast for the upcoming week.

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