Are you the kind of person who thinks things through? Predicts the outcome of an action based on the known variables? Not me, more of a just do it and see what happens kind of gal. Which explains why I can't find my carrots.
With all the care I put into growing my root vegetables, I thought I would go the extra distance and cover everything with straw.
All I had to do was poke around in the straw and follow the green carrot top down to the root-until we had a week of frost-and the green bits shrivelled up and fell off. Now I try to guess where they are based on the position of the last one pulled up and paw around in the bitterly cold, wet straw until I feel something solid. I'm pretty sure this isn't the standard technique. I might have to study up on root cellars.
I might as well tell you about the broad beans while I'm at it. I planted them with visions of tender beans early next summer. No need to put a marker in, right? Then I got all fired up about soil building and enthusiastically layered seaweed and compost and leaves and straw on all the "empty" beds. Now those beans are ten inches below the surface! Nothing for it but to wait and see what happens.