Sunday, August 3, 2008

Next Year's Carrots

One of this year's carrots, growing between the potatoes and the arugula. During the last 2 years I've planted Kuroda Long carrots.

Carrots are a biennial plant (as I discovered this year). If you leave a carrot in the ground, in the second year it will feed on the orange root and use the energy to send up a big flower.

The flower produces seeds over the course of the summer. When the seeds are about ready, the flower gets dry and brown.

The start of seed harvesting.

All of these carrot seeds are from just one flower. I will plant some this year to try for some late fall carrots, but most of them will be saved for next year.

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