Originally Posted by hippiestink
NICE! I finally got around to pulling up my carrots and radishes and digging up my potatoes...right before I'm supposed to leave on a month-long vacation. 😒
A trick I do for winter-long fresh carrot harvesting is this:
I cover the whole carrot bed with about 9-12 inches of leaves in the fall. This keeps the bed from totally freezing. When I need new carrots, I go out, rake back leaves at one end of the patch, and harvest what I need. Then pull some of the leaves back to cover about 18 inches beyond where I stopped digging. As I go through the fall and winter doing this, the pile of leaves that was covering the whole bed gets deeper and deeper over the remaining carrots -- which keeps the remaining bed from freezing as the winter temps get colder. (I actually haven't had a patch last much beyond the new year though. And it becomes a bit of a let-down when I have to resort to buying carrots again.) Fresh carrots for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners! YUM!!!
At the end after the last carrot is picked, I'm left with a pile of leaves that I just toss onto my compost pile.