Yes, carrots ARE sweeter after a frost!

You are right. This is a cabbage. We did, in fact, eat the carrots before the photo shoot.

This year we did well by our fall crops. Clearly, the most important first step was that we, actually, planted our fall crops! Fall planting time can easily sneak by us. We started the seedlings in a cooler protected environment, covered the plants with row cover to deter the voracious insects of late summer, and covered them with row cover or plastic when freezing weather came in. We were rewarded with spinach and kale as well as delicious crunchy carrots, cabbage, collards, and broccoli made sweeter by the cold! We were fooled a couple times by warming trends after the first frosts. Thinking that the bugs would not be active after the freeze, row covers came off and, don’t you know it, bugs (caterpillars) came in. Next year, I’d like to plant more confidently….meaning, planting more and having a solid plan for storing surplus. We are grateful for the extra abundance from the garden to supplement our stored winter squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and dried beans. Yum!

Categories: Abundance, Gardens | Tags: , , | 4 Comments

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4 thoughts on “Yes, carrots ARE sweeter after a frost!

  1. June

    I England where I am from, my mother would not use parsnips or Brussels sprouts till after a frost, I have always believed they become more tender and now sweeter too. JUNE

  2. MicVee

    Hi June! I wanted to have parsnips but they had very poor germination. I need to try them again. Love them!

    • June Yeatman

      Hello MicVee, sorry your parsnips didn’t do well, they take a long time to germinate, 10 days or more.
      Better luck in 2021. You are not one to give up I know, Thought of you with 4 generations together, must have been a very comfy time. Stay well all of you, Love and Peace, and good health in 2021. June

  3. Gerry Tuten

    thx for this newsy and informative email
    Gerry Tuten 🐬

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