Do you normally have them mulched at this time of the year and they survive?Ok I totally forgot about my carrots. WE have had a week of below freezing temps. The ground is now thawing. Is it worth mulching them or should I just dig them up and can them?
I do have another somewhat similar question....I normally have them mulched before December, but we normally remain above freezing , for the most part till then.
Guess I will plan on digging and processing. Too bad, it is so nice to just dig all winter long and have fresh carrots!
Does anyone have an explanation and/or answer???I do have another somewhat similar question....
I have never before mulched over carrots and left them in the ground into winter. I have always just pulled them and either ate them or stored them.
My question is, what is the benefit of leaving them in the ground and mulching them? Do they continue to grow? Does growth slow significantly?
The reason that I ask is because I have a row or two of carrots that I planted maybe a little too late in the fall and I am hoping that I can leave them in the ground to grow out and therefore be larger than they are now when I harvest them.
I live in an 8a zone so the ground really does not freeze very deeply and if it does it does not stay frozen for very long. I have a cold frame that I use to grow greens (lettuce, chard, spinach, kale) throughout the winter and to be honest I find myself more concerned about overheating during the day than freezing over night.
Should I just heavily mulch with straw and they will be fine unless I get an extended cold spell? Or, is there a point of diminishing returns for wintering carrots even in zone 8a?