I like the Nantes carrots too, there is a Parisian variety that is round and those are incredibly sweet and tender, but one bite, which in the end makes me sad. I just grow lots of them! I'll check out the Native Seed Search, that sounds really interesting! A lot of what I grow is stuff we eat, and then about half is for the chickens. Sometimes my husband gets grumpy because I feed the girls the rainbow chard and he would like it for dinner!I can’t keep lemon balm alive either!
Our neighbors have seen roof rats run along their walls but so far we’ve been lucky. We poisoned one that was living in the shed but haven’t seen any around since. My melons were gown in a covered garden and might have been more work to get to than they cared to put in. I dunno.
I usually plant carrots mid October to November depending on temps. Have you ever checked out Native Seed Search? I love their seeds, usually have pretty good germination rates and they are from plants grown in the hot zones rather than the cooler climates. They aren’t as cheap as what you can find in the stores though.
I don’t have any particular favorites for types of anything yet, except the Scarlet Nantes carrots. They are shorter than what you get in the store but so good! I have bunnies too so whatever greens we don’t care for they get, but we share it all with them and the chickens.