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Danvers Carrots Art Pack

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  • Embroidery by Rebecca Ringquist.
  • Young danvers carrots, harvested in early summer, are sweet.
  • Danvers carrots, allowed to fill out, harvested in early fall, make a great storage crop.

Danvers Carrot

Daucus carota

Certified Organic Seed

The standard orange carrot for spring, summer and fall: blocky, reliable and sweet.

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The magic of carrots is in the unknown. Somewhere below the hidden darkness of soil, teeming with invisible life, rich ephemeral nutrients seek a vessel to be passed from earth to plant to bodies. Carrots make gardeners feel like alchemic magicians: the orange flash of the carrot, when pulled from the earth, draws gasps and applause, if only in our minds. But the true magic is revealed in the sweet experience of eating, when the vivid color gives way to a sweet crunch that somehow makes us feel as bright and strong and well-anchored as the freshly picked root.
Number of Seeds 500 seeds
Spacing in Row 2 inches
Spacing Between Rows 12 inches
Planting Depth 1/4 inch
Days to Germination 7-14 days
Days to Maturity 70 days
Height at Maturity 12 inches
Width at Maturity 3 inches
Direct sow outdoors mid-spring until 10 weeks before first fall frost. Sow carrots in your least weedy soil as they are tricky to cultivate when young; carrots can take 10 days to germinate, and can be quickly choked about by weeds. Thin young carrots seedlings to 2" apart, then thin baby carrots by pulling out every other carrot, allowing the remaining carrots to grow to full size. Carrots prefer light, stone-free, well drained fertile soil and regular water.

Embroidery by Rebecca Ringquist. Rebecca Ringquist is a Brooklyn-based visual artist and designer. Her stitched drawings on fabric explore issues of identity through thinly veiled metaphors utilizing old fashioned imagery and double entendres. She learned how to embroider in college in a feminist art history class, and has been inspired by the history of American needlework ever since. Approaching the technique of embroidery as a way of drawing, Ringquist has taught hundreds of people new ways of making marks on fabric through classes and workshops around the country. Her design company, Dropcloth, sells Ringquist’s hand drawn designs that are printed as embroidery patterns, all ready to hoop and sew. In 2005, Rebecca was awarded an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship. Her work has since been exhibited at the Hyde Park Art Center, The California Polytechnic University, ARC Gallery, Fraction Workspace, Northern Illinois University, The Textile Art Center in Brooklyn, Packer Schopf Gallery, Pop tArt Gallery, and the Museum of Art and Design in NYC. Ringquist earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Fiber and Material Studies department where she subsequently taught for seven years before moving to Brooklyn in 2011. She teaches, lectures and exhibits nationally.

From the Artist: "I live in Brooklyn with no access to gardening space. I used to grow tomatoes, radishes, and all sorts of flowers and herbs on my back porch in Chicago, and I find myself day dreaming about future gardens, and future window boxes full of spring starters. I was excited to design a pack this year if only for my day dream garden. I remember planting carrot seeds each year with my dad in our garden in Michigan, and the joy of plucking one out of the garden in the summer, rinsing it under the hose and eating it like bugs bunny. Like most of my artwork, I wanted the piece for the seed pack to be layered with imagery. Bunny rabbits, flowers, and a tangled mess of carrot tops are merged together on the surface of the embroidery."

Medium: embroidery

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