Has anyone done this?
I don't mean pulling them during the winter, I mean leaving little ones to grow and pulling them in the spring once they've grown/are bigger. I planted my carrots too late this summer, and most of them are 1/2 inch long, certainly not worth harvesting.
Last year the same thing happened to many of my parsnips, and I pulled most of them and composted them. I accidentally left a couple very small ones, and they sprouted back and grew this summer. I didn't have the heart to weed them, and pulled them today thinking I'd just compost them (I'd read that parsnips need to be harvested before their second summer, or they'll go to seed, and one of them did flower). They are gorgeous, regular parsnips!! Far larger than any from last year.
So, I'm wondering - some of my little carrots came back too (from last year), and I had pulled them up when they flowered in July or so. So I know that even though the tops die down, they'll come back; and wondering whether since these are so very small, they might just think next spring/summer is their "first" year, and I might be able to harvest some good carrots in June sometime? I've read that carrots will develop a soapy flavor and go to seed their second year, and aren't any good. But I'm wondering whether that would be the case with such small carrots....
I am in Zone 4, if that's any help. I'm thinking I'll give this a shot (leave them in the garden) and see what happens in the spring.
Has anyone tried this?