Sow a Little Love for Fall

comments (5) July 23rd, 2010

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WesternGardener Jodi Torpey, contributor
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Oh, Romeo! There’s a so much to love about growing these darling baby carrots.Click To Enlarge

Oh, Romeo! There’s a so much to love about growing these darling baby carrots.

Photo: Jodi Torpey

I think I’ve fallen in love with Romeo.

My heart soars every time I pull a round Romeo carrot from the soil. Each one of these baby carrots is so small, so round and so full of flavor that I can’t believe I actually grew them in a patio container.

I’ve never been interested in growing carrots before, but these cuties looked like they would be easy to sow and grow. I sprinkled the seeds ( in the soil of a large container in early May and kept a close eye on soil moisture until they sprouted.

Then over the next two months, I thinned the seedlings conscientiously so they’d have plenty of room to grow.

Because I’m so happy with the sweet results, I’m planning on sowing a late season crop of Romeos so I can enjoy these little orange globes into the fall.

Planning is the key to planting for the fall and in Denver that means I need to sow the carrot seeds in early August to beat the average first frost date in October. I want to make sure my babies have time to grow before the deep freeze arrives.

Before planting, I’ll work to loosen the soil and then plant the seeds just a bit deeper than I did with the spring planting. A light mulch will help shade the soil to keep it cool and moist through the remaining hot summer weather.

Even though cool-season veggies like carrots can tolerate a light frost, I’ll protect my Romeo from the elements so I can ensure a happy ending.

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Comments (5)

kristenclif writes: Brilliant
Posted: 1:16 am on August 23rd
timonrooster writes: Great article
Posted: 1:56 am on July 13th
Veeta writes: For anyone who has had trouble with carrots (I did too), I definitely recommend trying these. They were the most success I have had with carrots, and so cute too! Botanical Interests sells them too.
curryleaf, thinning with impunity seems to be the key. And patience.
Posted: 1:44 pm on July 29th
curryleaf writes: Thanks for the suggestion. I haven't had much success with carrots... maybe this type will be more rewarding.
Posted: 10:11 am on July 26th
ChrisMcLaughlin writes: Okay,that's it ~ Romeo is going onto my carrot list for the fall ~ Thanks, Jodi!
Posted: 2:33 pm on July 25th
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