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I planted some Carrot’s this past summer and I stil have some growing in the garden. I picked this one the other day. I can’t believe how tender the “big” carrots are. This one was just under a pound.

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida



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MsDebbieP

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posted 01-18-2013 08:47 AM

That is indeed a good-sized carrot. Nice that it is delicious as well. Do you remember what type of carrot it is?

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 01-18-2013 01:40 PM

I just checked to see if I saved the seed pack. I found it! I planted these Carrot’s in early spring of 2012. My wife is not a Carrots lover so it was just me eating them most of the time. As the weather got cool I lost interest in the garden. I spend most of my time doing woodworking in my shop. But the this past week the temp have been in the 80’s here in North Florida so I went out to see what was left growing in the garden. I was surprised to see these Carrots still growing! I still have a bunch more to pull up!
Thanks for looking in!

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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sharad

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posted 01-19-2013 07:43 AM

Very interesting!

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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MsDebbieP

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posted 01-19-2013 09:05 AM

If we cover our carrots well, we can eat them all through the winter. A great addition to the garden.

That variety is, I believe, one of the “go to” ones. It sounds familiar, anyway. But I will definitely be keeping it in mind for my carrots!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 01-19-2013 03:10 PM

It looks so delicious. Enjoy!

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 01-19-2013 03:41 PM

Thanks Debbie and and everyone for the nice comments

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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daltxguy

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posted 01-20-2013 01:58 PM

That’s really huge!
The package says it is an F1 – which means it is a hybrid which won’t reproduce true from seed. So, you can’t save the seeds – but that may explain why such a big carrot can still taste good!

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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Iris43

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posted 01-20-2013 04:59 PM

A great looking carrot! Nice that it is sweet eating too.

Like MsDeb I have left a few carrots in the ground during our much more severe winters, and if they have a covering over them they will contiue to grow and often get sweeter with cold.

I noticed the seed pkg shows them to be 2006 seed. And it sounds like you had good germination dispite the age of the seed. I imagine Ferry-Morse is an American company. Wonder if they would ship to Canada? Did you buy the seed off a store shelf or order directly from the company?..........Just curious. :)

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 01-20-2013 05:48 PM

Iris43,
I’m not sure how you got 2006. Here’s a new view of the package for you to see. Also , on the left side of the package you will see the seed co. address. I bought these seed at Home Depot in 2012
Here is a link for you! >CLICK HERE>
Hope this helps!

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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Iris43

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posted 01-20-2013 05:52 PM

Oh-oh…..

You’re right. I mis-read. I was looking at the patent date of the company. Thanks for clarifying that for me.

Still great looking carrot.. :D

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Dusty56

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posted 01-28-2013 03:42 AM

Nice carrot , Tony…..shall I send you my address in case you have a bumper crop to get rid of ?
Did you use any special fertilizers on them ?

-- Where would we be without the farmers ?

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posted 01-28-2013 03:54 AM

Hi Len,
I picked a carrot that was even bigger round that that one last Friday. My wife sliced it up and we had it with our stake dinner. I told her those slices are so huge they look strange! But they taste good and tender!
We are still getting a little broccoli also, Good stuff!

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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posted 01-28-2013 03:56 AM

Oh! I forgot to mention .. For fertilizer I just put some 10-10-10 in the garden about 2 months ago and that’s it!
I guess those carrots like out sandy soil here in FL.

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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MsDebbieP

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posted 01-28-2013 09:38 AM

oh yes. Carrots do love sandy soil -easy for them to sink their toes into :D

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 01-28-2013 12:37 PM

MsdebbieP,
My thoughts exactly! ”easy for them to sink their toes into”

If I knew our winter here was going to be so mild this year I would of planted a few tomato plants.

Our St Augustine grass usually turns brown or (tan) color in the cooler months but so far this year it’s still green! We have only had two light frost so far and it’s going to be in the 80 today and tomorrow. But back to the cold or cool weather later in the week. Boo-hoo! You would think we would be sick with this radical swing in our weather but no flu are cold so far! :)

Edit,
Correction 80 ’s Tue & Wed

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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MsDebbieP

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posted 01-28-2013 02:02 PM

our weather is swinging from -15C to +10C
That’s almost 5F to 50F
Crazy weather.

“next year” you should try a greenhouse for some tomato plants… they might be able to survive the cooler temperatures with a little help

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 01-28-2013 02:35 PM

Brrrrr! You gave me the chills! Boy oh boy that is cold! I can’t take the cold but I did love waking up to a fresh show fall! I liked how quiet and still the morings were. I miss the North for many reasons.

I wish I could put up a Green House. I had one when we lived on 2.5 acre’s in Massachusetts. But in this subdivision we live in now I had to fight just to put up a garden shed. They would properly hang me in the square if I broke the rules here.

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 01-28-2013 02:58 PM

Tony, could you have a smaller, greenhouse-like structure that just goes over a raised bed? One that is only about four or five feet high with sides that open up to reach into the greenhouse/cold frame? If it were collapsible and you only used it during the cold months, would you be allowed to have one then?

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 02-01-2013 08:40 PM

Radicalfarmergal,
I think I could get away with something very very low that wouldn’t obstruct the view to our pond. People in our subdivision are just waiting for something to complain about. I’m not a fan of subdivisions at all. If we ever move it’s not going to be into another subdivision that’s for sure! I’m happy to have what you see here.
Here is a few shots of my little raised bed garden. I say my garden because it’s me that does all the gardening. My wife has no interest at all in it except when it yields some good stuff to eat. I do all the outside work. She keeps me fed and that’s ok with me!
This is my garden!




-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 02-02-2013 12:06 AM

Tony, your summer gardens are beautiful and your July harvest looks delicious! I like your garden’s raised beds and trellis. Everything looks so neat and tidy; who could complain about that? I am happy to be the gardener in my family too. My wonderful husband works to pay the bills and creates beautiful pieces of furniture out of wood in his spare time. Sometimes he even makes things like a goat milking stand, cold frames and trellises for my garden. :D

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 02-02-2013 12:44 AM

:D,
Thank you for your kind words! I love nature and all it has to offer. I pulled out the rest of the carrots today and my wife made a nice beef stew with them. Boy did I have some fat carrots in the bunch. They were so good in the stew.
You say your husband is a woodworker! Is he a member of Lumberjocks? I’m also a woodworker and I think I said that some place on this site. My handel on LJ’s is woodshaver. You can see my work if you click on the little guy in the brown outfit at the top of the page.
:D, I see your from MA. Me too! I was born in Boston. lived in Dorchester, Norwood, Wrentham, Franklin and then move to TN and now living RET. in FL. Small world!
I took a look at your home page and I see you also have a great looking garden!
Don’t you just love summer!
Tony

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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MsDebbieP

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posted 02-03-2013 12:27 PM

your gardens look magnificent and your plants—so luscious… and a wonderful bounty as well.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 02-03-2013 01:47 PM

Thank you Mss. Debbie! :)
Here in FL it’s almost time to put some tomatoe plants in. Mid February is a good time but we must cover the plants when a frost is in the forecast. I’ll be getting out soon to till the my little garden patch and add so good stuff for my little happy plants to feed on when I adopt them from the garden center. I see our Bluebirds are hanging out at our little birdhouse in the mornings now. They come by every year at this time to let me know when it’s time feel good about spring!
Thank you again for the compliments Mss. Debbie!
Nothing like tasty treats from your own garden!
Tony

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 02-03-2013 03:56 PM

Tony, I looked through your projects and you have made some wonderful presents for your wife. I could really appreciate the custom wooden drawer dividers and dish draining rack. The gazebo you built would look lovely in any garden.

Planting tomatoes already! As you must remember, our Massachusetts ground is frozen solid so I can only garden indoors (my houseplants and sprouts), on paper or in my imagination. Post photos of your garden and I can enjoy them vicariously. : )

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 02-03-2013 04:17 PM

Radicalfarmergal,
Well I would be very happy to post a few photo’s of my garden after I get started and have you enjoy it with me. But it will be a few weeks before I begin playing in the dirt! I have a few woodworking projects to finish up first. Plus the month is still a bit young. We had another frost last night and I think tonight will also be frosty!
Thank you for the info about your husband on LJ’s. I’ll be taking a look at his work soon after I click the Post button.
Stay warm and cozy Mrs. R !
Tony

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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Dusty56

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posted 02-03-2013 04:19 PM

That’s a beautiful garden set up that you have ,Tony !
I’ve got to try to grow some “real” tomatoes this year.
The store bought ones around here should go directly into the compost pile , in my opinion : (

-- Where would we be without the farmers ?

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posted 02-03-2013 05:36 PM

Len,
You are so right! After enjoying garden tomatoes store bought ones are so bland and tasteless to say the least. I love going out to the garden with my salt shaker! I like my tomatoes before they are completely ripe and the same goes for bananas too! Except if I’m having a banana split!

Believe it or not I still have a few banana’s hanging on one of my plants out front. They are short and mostly for baking. They are a bit heavier and the flavor is a little stronger than store bought ones.

edit, Thanks for the complimnet Len!

These are from last year.

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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sharad

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posted 02-03-2013 05:37 PM

Your garden is so nice, Tony.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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posted 02-03-2013 05:40 PM

Thank you Sharad! I Can’t wait until it looks like that again! Soon I hope! Come on Spring!

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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posted 02-03-2013 08:10 PM

can’t imagine walking outside and grabbing a banana!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 02-04-2013 02:09 AM

Debbie,
I’m not touching that one!
Just reading what you said got me laughing way too hard! I guess I saw some humor in that one! :D!

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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sharad

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posted 02-04-2013 08:10 AM

I never thought such nice bananas can grow in your region. from the color of the bananas they look ripe. Here in India banana tree is considered very valuable like coconut tree because all parts are used some way or other. The flower is used as vegetable and tastes nice when prepared by an experienced cook. The trunk is used in religious ceremonies. The leaves are used as plates for lunch or dinner mainly in villages. The benefit is you have a biodegradable plate that can be discarded in a compost bin or many times it is given to cattle as they relish it. The trouble of washing plates is saved and with that saving of water. The watery part of the trunk is used in making papad a specialty of India. They are either deep fried or roasted. You may try to get it in any Asian, mainly Indian, shop. Here is a picture of banana flower:

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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posted 02-04-2013 10:24 AM

haha and I’m not touching that one either… ok, that’s funny, too.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 02-04-2013 01:31 PM

I’m all smiles once again, from Cheek to Cheek no less! Good humor is good for the sole! And it keeps your complexion from showing its age too soon!

Sharad,
We don’t get too many bananas on our plants each year. I have 3 clusters of banana plants around our yard. Every year I cut them back to about 3 to 4 feet off the ground if it gets too cold and they die back. The cold weather really kills the top’s of the plant but come Spring they are growing very fast once again. I was told that the plant only produces on new stalks. I mostly have them for the tropical look in our yard. We have 5 Queen palm trees also to help with that. Moving South from the North we wanted a more tropical look in our yard. So when I was offered a few banana plants from a friend I said yes I’ll take a few!
I just went out and took these photos of the ones with bananas on them. They never made it to ripe before the cold days set in.




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posted 02-04-2013 01:34 PM

What a clever idea, to use the leaves as plates, Sharad. When you use the watery part of the trunk to make papad, does it kill the plant? Do you have two plants, Tony? The fruit of bananas is so delicious and nutritious. I wish I could grow one here.

Edit: I must have just missed your newest post, Tony. Were they ripe enough that you could harvest them and have them ripen inside? Are they for cooking or eating fresh?

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 02-04-2013 02:25 PM

This is funny! I refreshed my browser and saw another post pop in from Radicalfarmergal. I was in middle of making a 2nd comment to Sharad LOL! . So I’m adding this before I send this post out.
Radicalfarmergal, We only got a few bananas this year, most didn’t even develop to full size due to the weather. Only a very few got a little yellow. The picture with the yellow ones were last years crop. We are lucky to get that bunch. I’m really pushing it trying to have bananas in North Florida. :)

Sharad,
About all the great things you do with the banana plant. I was amazed to here that the plant offers so much. Thanks to you I can view our plants in an entirely different way now. I can appreciate them more knowing how much they help the environment.
Thank you for posting that info!

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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posted 02-04-2013 02:30 PM

Radicalfarmergal.
Oh… I forgot to say our bananas are for cooking but you can eat them too. They are thick textured and the flavor is stronger than the store bought ones. :) They take forever to get ripe.

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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sharad

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posted 02-04-2013 06:11 PM

Tony, thanks for sending more pictures of banana plants. I can see their plight in your harsh weather and that is why I was wondering how you are getting such nice bananas. It is nice to grow them for the tropical look. There are several more uses of banana plant which I will mention when I get chance like this. Here is a picture of how food is served on a banana leaf:

Robin, once the bananas are harvested the plant is useless and now it is used for other purposes mentioned. New shoots start coming from the soil ready to give you next harvest.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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posted 02-04-2013 06:45 PM

Sharad, The setting looks really nice! Makes me think that this is exactly how “Mother Nature” would want us to serve up her gifts to us. And this is a nice way to help save our environment! Very nice Sharad!
Thank you for posting the picture.
Tony

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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