Danvers 126 Carrot (72 days)
Improved strain of danvers carrot that was introduced in 1947 by Eastern States Farmers Exchange
Danvers 126 was created for better yields, smoother skin, and uniformity. Davers 126 is a heat tolerant carrot variety that will also work in a wide range of soils. 6-7″ long and about 2″ at the shoulder this is a premier storage carrot. Danvers 126 resist cracking and splitting. Strong tops make it easy to pull this carrot from the garden.
Try thinly slicing and dehydrating danvers 126 for winter storage in airtight glass jars. Add to soups or just add water to rehydrate whenever you need carrots.
Danvers 126 is a premier storage carrot. Carrots should be cleaned and washed when they enter the storage. During the wash process, any damaged or diseased carrots should be discarded. Prior to harvest, a two percent solution of copper sulphate can be used to clean the storage devices and kill any disease organisms that may be present. All contact surfaces should be dry before any product is stored. Carrots in storage should be kept at 0°C (32°F) and 100 percent relative humidity to ensure minimal moisture loss. “Danvers” is also listed in Mike & Nancy’s Root Cellaring as an excellent keeper.
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Plant in the spring in a well prepared bed free of rocks. Scrape shallow furrows 1/4”-1/8“ deep and sow seeds directly, covering with a thin layer of soil. Weeds can be a problem due to the long germination time – careful weeding is a must. Thin to 2-3” apart once seedlings have come up. For longer harvest, stagger plantings every 2-3 weeks.
Heirloom Carrot Climatic Requirements:
The heirloom carrot is a hardy, cool season crop that can be planted in the garden as soon as the orgnic soil can be prepared in the spring. Organic carrots require relatively large amounts of moisture and are not tolerant of drought. Prolonged hot weather in the later stages of development may not only retard growth but result in an undesirable strong flavor and coarseness in the roots. At the other extreme, prolonged temperatures below 55 degrees F tend to make the roots longer, more slender and paler in color than expected. The best temperature for highest quality organic roots is between 60 and 70 degrees F.
Heirloom carrot plants thrive in deep, loose, well-drained soil. Avoid stony, cloddy or hard soils as they increase the likelihood of root defects. Because raised-beds usually have loose soil and receive little compaction from foot traffic, they are an ideal location to grow carrots. Heirloom carrot plants grow well at a pH range of 6.0 to 6.8.
Most of the time a very well composted manure and a humus laden soil is all you need to grow great organic carrots. Heirloom carrots require large amounts of plant nutrient elements normally found is this mix, but sometimes need extra potassium, for good production. On the flip side too much manure applied just before seeding can result in forked roots. Better to wait till the tops are about 3″s to apply more organic manure as a side dressing.
Direct seed heirloom carrots into a well-prepared soil early in the spring. Suggested planting seed depth is 1/4 inch deep in rows spaced 12 to 18 inches or more apart depending on the method of cultivation used. It is important to avoid crusting of the soil around the seed-bed. Covering the seed with vermiculite or fine organic compost and keeping the soil evenly moist until the seedlings have emerged will help prevent this problem. After the seedlings have emerged, thin them to one inch apart. When the tops of the carrots grow thicker, thin them to about two to three inches apart.
Heirloom seeds are hardy but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture – not letting the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely or overwatering and possibly having them rot.
(source: Sustainable Seed Company)