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Store Your Garden Carrots
~Garden Carrots Stay Nice and Crisp for Months~
Store your garden carrots in Peat Moss, River Sand or Saw Dust for the winter months. This is an easy-to-follow pictorial blog that shows the most important aspects to store your carrots in peat moss for the winter.
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This post on storing your garden carrots is for people that live in harsher climates where carrots cannot be left in the garden to winter over. We live in Wyoming at approximately 7000 feet and must pull all our garden carrots and potatoes in September or October. If your frost-line goes down more than 1 inch, then nothing is safe to be left in the garden so you be careful on how you store your garden carrots.
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First, harvest your carrots by pulling or forking them from the ground. Make sure the soil is not too wet or the carrots come out of the ground somewhat muddy. This is not bad but it is simply more difficult to handle them when they are muddy.
Please note: you may spray them off with water if they are muddy but it is imperative that you dry your carrots before storing.
After pulling your carrots out of the ground, lay them out for a day or two in the sunshine. If you are not able to lay them outdoors on the ground, then lay them on a blanket or tarp in a dry area. This step helps to harden the outer skin to prepare the carrots for long term storage.
One thing to keep in mind, there are different varieties of carrots with some varieties having longer storage qualities than others.
We use our short-storage carrot varieties first and pack the longer storage varieties in Peat Moss or Sawdust for winter use.
Next, to prepare your carrots for long term storage, it is advisable to cut the tops of off the carrots to prevent any regrowth in early spring.
(That is, if you have not eaten all of your carrots by then!!)
Preparing Carrots for Winter Storage
The next step is to obtain suitable storage containers for your carrots. We have used plastic tubs with good success. The tubs are reusable year after years, they have lids that fit and handles for ease of carrying. Sprinkle Peat Moss or Sawdust in the bottom of your tub or crate. Make the first layer about 4 inches deep. Then, start layering your carrots in the tubs with Peat Moss or Sawdust repeating each layer so that the carrots do not touch one another.
This is a very important step. Make sure your carrots DO NOT touch each other and have either Peat Moss or Sawdust surrounding them.
Your carrots will look something like the photo below.
Layer Carrots in Peat Moss for Winter Storage
Continue layering your carrots with either Peat Moss or Sawdust in your crate or tub with the final layer being Peat Moss or Sawdust. Put on the lid and store your carrots in a cool, dark place preferably at about 45 degrees. The cooler the better but make sure they do not freeze. We keep our stored carrots in our crawl space in our basement. The Peat Moss or Sawdust will help keep some moisture in your carrots. You can double-check each month to make sure the packing medium has not completely dried out.
One more thought: River Sand also works out great as a packing medium for carrots. We used River Sand (damp sand) for many years but found the tubs and crates with just too heavy to haul around. The Peat Moss or Sawdust worked out so much better for us. But, again, just make sure the packing medium does not dry out.
Pull out your carrots as needed and remember to check for just a little dampness in the Peat Moss or Sawdust. Look at Mulching for Garden Success!
If you live in Zone 4 or higher consider storing your carrots in the ground during the fall and winter
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These carrots will last until spring…………..
It is so great having garden carrots for the fall and winter months.
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When you have finished using all your carrots, think about recycling the packing medium…..the Peat Moss can go into your garden to raise the pH of your garden soil and the Sawdust for the Chicken Coop as bedding in the nest boxes!!!!!
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