Your garden sounds wonderful!
Begin to harvest carrots as "baby" size, thinning the row as you harvest. Once you begin picking, you can harvest as needed.
Carrots should be ready for harvest 70-80 days after planting. Pull them when the roots are 1-1 1/2 inches in diameter. Loosen the soil around the carrot with a spade to avoid breaking the carrot while pulling. To prevent roots from wilting after harvest, remove carrot tops and place them in the compost pile.
After the plants have died off, the carrots do not need to be harvested right away. They can remain in the soil for weeks or more. In the old days before refrigeration, carrots would be kept in the soil and covered with a thick layer of leaves. Then they would be dug up for consumption well into the winter months.
Or wash carrots and store in the bottom of the refrigerator. Place them in a plastic bag for increased humidity. Carrots will keep several weeks with high humidity and a temperature near 32 degrees.
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