Fresh Carrots in January

Before the deep freeze hit Lethbridge last weekend, my husband decided it was time to pull out the rest of the carrots we were ‘storing’ in the garden.  Yes, we figured, why pick them and have them slowly wilt in our basement when they could stay in their own built in refrigerator in the ground?  We did this last year, and found the carrots stored well, and just got sweeter the longer we left them. Little did we know we’d be able to leave them in the ground until January this year!

All he did was cover them with lots of leaves:Have you ever left anything in the garden?  How do you store/preserve your food over the winter?  In addition to these carrots, we’re still enjoying plenty of canned tomatoes, potatoes, onions, frozen herbs, relishes and jams.  It’s so great to have garden goodies long after its been gone!

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3 thoughts on “Fresh Carrots in January

  1. In our last house, my wife and I missed some potatoes that were deeper in the earth than the rest. I dug them up in the spring and they were fine!

    Wondering when a good time to plant in Lethbridge is? I’m going to break ground soon for our first garden here and have heard that the growing season is quite a bit longer here than up north. When do you usually plant your carrots, potatoes, etc…?

    Thanks,

    Shawn

  2. At what temperature do you think the root veg would be damaged? I mean, if the ground freezes you couldn’t really dig them up anyways, right? Lack of cold storage does prevent me from growing more root vegetables.

    • not sure Norah, we’ve had a pretty mild winter so i’m not sure if the ground ever froze solid. But i’ve heard of people digging a really deep hole and putting buckets in with sand and then burying it again (idea being it’s below the freeze line). Maybe check and see how far the ground usually freezes in kelowna?

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