Ray gave me a suggestion which was to leave my carrots in the ground over winter and just mound the dirt up around them. I did that at the end of summer and just pulled these from the ground. He said that tops might get hard - but mine were perfect. Garden sweet! Over the weekend Ian came over to decorate his birthday cake (dinosaurs fighting army men). It was a fun cake to make and has more sprinkles than any previous cake. Not garden sweet - but still super sweet.