You won’t usually find me gardening at the end of December. However this week we had a particularly nice day (10 degrees), which is exactly what I had been waiting for! I only needed it to thaw a little bit and I went on a mission to recover my veggies.
It is true that the longer you leave your carrots in the ground into the fall as it cools off the sweeter they get. Last winter I went a little too far though and left them in so long I wasn’t able to dig them out because the ground had frozen! I wasn’t that worried about it though because I honestly expected them to be there come spring. I live in the city, so I didn’t figure there would be any wildlife to eat them on me. Imagine my disappointment when I went digging and found out they had been nibbled away!
So, determined to eat them this year, having left them too long a second year in a row, as soon as we had a few nice days in a row I was out with a trowel hacking away at the dirt. My neighbour came out of the house and asked if I was planting things already! I reassured him it was still too early for that (I wouldn’t even start seeds indoors until at least February). I broke a lot of the carrots in half (it was only really thawed 2-3 inches down) but I got a couple beauties.
The bad news is I was exhausted at the end of my garden battle and left the leeks in the garden. I don’t know what critter ate last year’s carrots but I sure hope they don’t like leek!