Must be getting cold Joesph, youve got ya boots on now
Holly's carrots and boots, in sunny California. Edited previous post...
Winter is nigh, and I'm still gloriously barefoot. Ran 0.85 miles today, and walked 1.35 miles. For those that don't follow my social media exploits, I started transitioning to barefoot living about 9 months ago, and stopped wearing shoes altogether about 4 months ago except for specialized tasks like beekeeping.
As a kid, I went barefoot all Summer; no way I'd go barefoot in Oakland today: broken glass; discarded spikes; used condoms; dog-shit; so many things I'd not want between my toes. However, $20 sneakers work as well for me as $150 sneakers assembled by some barely-paid kid in the third world.
I wear (really!) cheap boots on the farm, because there could be the occasional rattlesnake; Sukey might try to nip me, and there is always spikey seed of brome, star-thistle, and the threat of puncture vine.
Now about carrots; what is the best footwear for kicking them out of the ground? Steel-toed boots, or does that bruise them too much?
One question Joseph, so are they not even your legs in those boots.
They're my legs in those boots. It was so unusual for me to be wearing shoes, that it needed to be memorialized in a photo. Those are my "beekeeping boots". They stay right next to the beekeeping suit. I wore shoes for about 16 hours this summer. More than half of that while beekeeping. I put on shoes to help my neighbor clean her field, because it had a lot of dry thistles in it. I don't allow dry thistles in my fields. I wore shoes for the first squash picking day, but afterwards my feet, knees, and hips hurt so bad that I didn't wear them for the succeeding squash picking days. One benefit of being unshod, is that it slows me down. Keeps me focused on the present moment. I enjoy the process of life more.
Digging carrots barefooted is problematic. Hard to use a digging fork without shoes. I found a shovel with huge foot landing pads.
Silt/clay, high-altitude, super-arid, sun-drenched, irrigated-desert garden. Cold radiant-cooled nights. ~100 frost free days. Grow most of my own locally adapted landrace seed. GDD10C ~1300. Author of Mother Earth News: Landrace Gardening Blog.
Post by keen101 (Biolumo / Andrew B.) on Nov 3, 2017 12:19:12 GMT -5
The carrots did well this year. Had to pick the ones that went directly to seed since they didn't grow a root at all really. From baker creek as well. Does this mean contaminated with qweens anne lace? Anyway left the ones that did not go to seed in the fist year and may of those became quite large. Left most for seed next year or cut the tops off and replanted them after i ate them.
I too go mostly barefoot in the spring and summer when i go to the garden. It's just a nice feeling to not have to worry about putting shoes on. nice to hear others do the same.
Talking of Queens anne lace, a gardening friend was telling me that his carrot seed crop now throws well over 50% to QAL because it grows wild out on his roadside, that was just in the one generation. keen101 (Biolumo / Andrew B.) the ones you pulled did they have the white root?, if not, i think bolters are a sign of poor selection by who every grew that seed crop. The Benhorn carrot ive sown for a number of years in and around the shortest day in June under clear plastic, the idea is to expose those with early bolting tendencies, the last couple of seed crops produced no bolters, the first time sowing early like this as much as 50% bolted during the following summer. A lady i know 5 mins drive from here had a row of an unknown variety of carrot (orange,Chantenay type) go to seed, she hadn't got round to pulling them out from the previous summer, they showed no signs of male sterility either. She's got no QAL within 1km so i mixed some of that seed with my Benhorn a year or so ago, results were i pulled a few (2-3%) during last summer which would have come from her seed. So Benhorn is now getting a real injection of new genetics ATM with three other carrots, there's about 100 plants in the photo. For a closer look - vgy.me/yBar0B.jpg
Last Edit: Nov 3, 2017 14:45:37 GMT -5 by richardw