Ask a Question forum: Wintering Carrots in Outdoor Window Box

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Dec 10, 2016 1:07 PM CST
I have carrots in an outdoor window box. I'm wondering if I can leave them there to over-winter. Since the carrots are not in the ground, I'm not sure what rules apply- is the soil in the box more likely to freeze than in the ground? Does this mean that I shouldn't keep the carrots there? Do I need to mulch or will that even help?

I'm in northern Utah. We have snow and rain and have had temperatures down into the 20s. We have a cold spell predicted for next week- lows in the single digits.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Dec 11, 2016 11:02 AM CST
Depends if box ground gets frozen. If box is located on protected side of house. Usually S side. How long temps stay below freezing.
Hay!!! Ideal πŸ˜•!!! Wrap box up in that aluminum foil insulation stuff. Its silver and like bubble wrap. Shrug!
We'll never know unless we try. Huh!!!
I'd like to know ??? How about you???
And hay!!!! If they get frozen.
There ready for freezer !!! πŸ˜„
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Name: Elaine
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Dec 11, 2016 11:25 AM CST
Philip is right, it depends upon whether the soil in your box actually will freeze or not. Freezing raw carrots will very likely ruin them. But if they are not frozen, just cold they should be fine. Yes, a window box will freeze much sooner than in the ground, because of less mass of soil to cool off.

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