We are supposed to get our first major freeze tonight, so a couple of days ago, I decided to harvest the carrots, mud or no mud.
Every year, I try to overwinter them, but all I get is mush. I have been thinking about this and remembering that the same thing happened to my stored carrots the year they froze. For whatever reason, they are not insulated enough in my garden. This year, my plan was to harvest right before the first major freeze. It worked.
Unexpectedly, though, the parsnips also came through. When they were still woefully immature by mid-November, I had completely given up on them. On a whim, though, I decided to dig them up as well since I already had the potato fork out. Thanks to my rocky soil, most of them were forked instead of having a perfect taper, but otherwise they were great. It looks like I’ll be buying more of that seed after all.
I also got an entire bag of chard. I think that’s the last of that crop, but I have thought that before. Regardless, I’m not planting it again, at least not until I have a larger garden. It grows well, and the deer leave it alone, but I don’t eat it enough to be worth the garden space.