Category Archives: Carrots

Late Season Bean Planting

After trying to get over the failure of my spring garden, probably due to Dow Agriscience's poison aminopyralid, I have decided to replant some quick growers for the second half of our growing season here in Texas.  This bed is scheduled to have broccoli, cabbage and greens this fall.  However, since these crops won't be planted for at least 6 to 8 weeks, I am going to try to get a quick crop of beans. So far, the beans look OK.  I think that maybe most of the poison aminopyralid may have degraded Read more [...]

Carrots – Which Variety Do I Prefer?

This past winter growing season, being my first time to grow crops under a hoop garden, I tried 2 varieties of carrots - Scarlet Nantes and Autumn King. Scarlet Nantes are on the left and Autumn King are on the right.  The Autumn King grew larger and looked more orange.  The Scarlet Nantes were a paler orange and overall the carrots were smaller.  There was not a discernible difference in taste between the 2 varieties.  They are both heirloom varieties. These carrots were planted in beds Read more [...]

Under the Hoops

This is the first winter that I have had a covered hoop garden.  A few posts ago, you can see the garden beds with the hoops in place.  The hoops are 10' under ground gray conduit.  About a dollar and a half each, not bad. They are secured into the ground with a 2' section of 3/8" rebar, cut to 2' sections and pounded half way into the ground. The tent is a 24' section of thicker plastic from Lowes.  It was a 100' roll that cost $40 something.  I cut it into 4 sections, allowing about 4' to Read more [...]

My Hoop Garden Is Taking Shape

I have prepared two of my raised beds for hoop gardens. I plan to do this for my 3rd bed that doesn't have a raised cattle panel running down the middle of it. The beds are made out of 16' lengths of 1x6 treated lumber.  The boxes are 5' wide.  I purchased four 20' sections of 3/8" rebar and had one of my sons cut them into 2' sections.  I decided to put 7 hoops on each 16' bed.  I pounded the 2' sections of rebar 1' into the ground, leaving 1' above ground - the height of the bed side.   Read more [...]

Time to Pick Most of the First Round of Carrots

It is time to harvest the first wave of carrots.  These were planted around February or March (carrots are supposed to be a 60 day crop, but mine seem to take 90 days for most of the planting to grow large): Picked some more a few days ago: Interestingly, the size of the green top does not necessarily tell you the size of the carrot. Some large green tops have small carrots and some smaller green tops have larger carrots. A couple of the carrots were bolting, so I just picked them all. I have Read more [...]

Potatoes Growing Right Along

I'm growing potatoes this year, just a small bag of seed potatoes. I planted 2 in a large pot, in about 8" of soil. They have grown over a foot, and I have added at least 8" of leaves/mulch/potting soil. I am intending to cover the stems up to the top edge of the pot and hoping for a pot full of potatoes. We'll see how this works. I am expecting potatoes to grow in the soil at the bottom, and as I understand it, the covered stems should produce potatoes along them also. The other 8 seed potatoes Read more [...]

Carrot Sprouts

These little sprouts were planted over a month and a half ago. Carrots seem to take quite a while to get established. They have really taken off the past few weeks. Carrots are supposed to be a 60 day crop - obviously that is under ideal conditions. I don't have ideal conditions where I live - it is usually too hot to grow these cool weather favorites unless I try to grow them during our coldest days of December thru February when we alternate between barely freezing and almost 70 degree days. Read more [...]

Carrot Harvest Time

Originally published June 2011 It's time to harvest the last of the carrots.  It is getting too warm, so up they come, ready or not. This bunch is from the green house. Our last 2 winters were colder than normal and killed all of the carrots that usually grow outside. These are mostly Little Finger and a French round carrot. Around February, I planted a longer carrot outside in my back garden. I can't recall the proper name, but they grew to about 6 inches. I shouldn't be afraid to plant Read more [...]