Winter Treats

Not much is going on in the garden here at Polyface.  A little bit of pruning, planting fruit trees, mulching, and lots of planning for when and where to plant things starting next month!

In one of my garden beds, protected under a thick layer of straw are some of the most delicious carrots you will ever taste!  When the carrots go through the frost they turn really sweet and sugary.

I had planted the carrots back in September and then before the weather was cold enough to freeze the ground I covered them with a thick (8″-10″) layer of oat straw.  What fun to go outside when it is cold and pull up fresh carrots!




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About Leanna Hale

Leanna Barth, born and raised in NC, first came to Polyface in July 2010 to attend one of the Intensive Discovery Seminars. She loved it so much that she applied for an internship position and was accepted for the 2011 season, after which she took the inventory/gardener position. Before coming to Polyface, she sold produce from her family’s market garden, along with homemade baked goods. This venture was mostly inspired by having read “You Can Farm” by Joel Salatin. Having always loved the outdoors, animals, and gardening Leanna is excited about this coming year, all that she will learn, and how the Lord will use this job later on in her life.

5 Responses to Winter Treats

  1. What I wouldn’t give to have a book of your methods..

  2. Leanna,

    Looks good. We are going to put up a hoop house this next year and follow the Polyface program of growing in the hoop house. We’ll be out to see you sometime this next week or two….Glenn Holloway, Go Farm U

  3. Wow, that’s cool! Can you do that in any climate or is there a point at which it gets too cold? I am pretty sure the ground here is and has been frozen – I wonder if anything could even be pulled out of the ground because it feels like a rock. Maybe the straw would prevent it from doing so. Do you know if it works north of you?

  4. Nice picture – harvesting carrots in February, can’t beat that. The ground isn’t frozen here, but our heavy clay tends to get far too waterlogged for carrots to be harvestable by this time of year – they’re usually rotting in the ground. I totally agree about frost improving the sweetness of carrots – it does the same for parsnips.