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7 Reasons NOT to Dig Up Your Carrots, before Christmas

December 26, 2011

Why RUSH INTO the Carrot Harvest, Anyway?

So, here it is the day after Christmas, and Wifey, Princess, and Little Princess are out on the town,  taking advantage of my checkbook,err, um getting in on all the deals of the season, shopping in the metropolis of Fort Wayne, and the pen for the poultry is assembled in the barn, and there are like 4 rows of carrots out in the North Garden, crying out.

Some carrots on the drying rack

“Save us!  Saave Uus!  We are being held prisoner out here.  We are being *under-utilized*”!!!

So naturally, upon hearing the accursed U-U word, Uncle Milton had to spring into action.  Spring, that is, not in the literal sense, but in the figurative sense; that is. O-L-D Uncle Milton meandered over and found a spading fork, meanderced some more and found a wagon, and then, after several moments of pondering, began to dig some carrots.

On the day AFTER Christmas.

Carrots, with heavy clay sticking on, in the wagon

And during the harvest, came up with seven reasons that what he was doing was The Right Thing.

So, In NO Particular Order, are 7 Reasons to Wait:

  1. You lost the seed package and can’t remember if the carrots matured in 72 or 138 days.
  2. At *normal* carrot harvest time, the organic carrots in the market were really cheap.
  3. You were too busy hunting deer when Real Gardeners were digging carrots.
  4. Your rabbits need the beta carotene more than you and your family.
  5. You wanted to get a jump on the Giant Vegetable competition for next years 4-H Fair.

    Giant, gnarly carrots

    Some of the Giant, Gnarly carrots after Christmas

  6. You needed an excuse not to head out to the malls for all the great shopping deals.
  7. It just plain feels good to get garden dirt under your fingernails.
    Moist, heavy clay sticks to these late season carrots.

    Moist, heavy clay sticks to these carrots

7a)        Those carrots just keep on getting sweeter the longer they are in the ground.

7a1)       Your neighbor, who has been farming longer than you have been alive, told you to do it.

So there you have it, dear reader.  If you have procrastinated, you too can still have fun, harvest some good eats, and make up stories why you did what you dun.

A *3 Legged Man* carrot

Famous *3 Legged Man* Carrot- reportedly "very healthy" for (ahem) the courser gender

And keep the little rabbits happy at the same time.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 27, 2011 1:56 am

    You have some good sized carrots there! Keep on adding organic matter and eventually they won’t be so knarly from the heavy clay. Oh and thin them out when they are small so they don’t wrap around each other. I just pull carrots as I need them; no need to pull them all at once.

    • Uncle Milton permalink*
      December 30, 2011 4:32 pm

      Mary, you have no idea how heavy the clay is. Perhaps if we plan ahead where the root crops shall go, we can concentrate the organics, as the whole garden receives mucho organico each season. The carrots (rather much) got away this year.

  2. December 30, 2011 7:01 am

    Wow! That is a lot of big carrots! Great harvest!


  3. December 30, 2011 2:28 pm

    Those sort of look like my 12 inch okra. The bigger they are the more there is to eat. Right?

    • Uncle Milton permalink*
      December 30, 2011 4:33 pm

      Once things get out of hand, (like 12″ okra) it is good to have hungry animals to feed to. (-:

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