Life off the grid in the SW Texas desert. An experiment in sustainable living. NUMBERS AT THE END OF EACH BLOG POST: temp at 8PM,high temp,low temp,rainfall,wind conditions(CalmBreezyWindyGusty).
That's one ugly carrot..
JW,You need a bug out bag in your truck with water and all for long hikes.Better be safe than sorry.Thank you for the mail!Rosharon Buddy
Carrot may have been too warm. They like cooler temps to send down deep taproots, especially during the first few weeks of life. Use sandy soil that drains extremely well. Carrots hate getting flooded with water and the root will hike up their britches to keep their bottom roots dry. They like a good soaking when watering, but the soil must drain well so that the bottom of the pot isn't flooded.Be careful not to damage the hair-like fragile taproot that forms shortly after germination. That itsy bitsy taproot that forms very early will determine how deep the carrot will go. Then that thread of a root will gradually grow and expand in girth as it matures.Like most children, carrots are shaped from their early childhood. Raise them well in their formative days, and they will grow to big strong adults.Nice looking bunch of carrot greens, though. Remember, they are edible as well. Google "Carrot Greens" for recipe ideas. Nummy.
Bet it tastes great though.
LOL, the next time you talk to Compost Bob....take notes.
John,I don't know when you planted those carrots. Over here near Houston, we consider those a fall garden item. The Aggies say plant from July through February. I like to argue with the recommendations they make on their websites: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/vegetable/ (My family was in farming or horticulture business in Texas from about the 1860's on. Of course, that kind of "anecdotal" experience doesn't carry much weight with the university folks.)Eventually, your own experience in your own environment will be what carries you through while still being open to what's new. Was wondering if a lath house might be what you need for some of your plants. My dad used to use those for propagation, along with a mister in the 1950's drought era.
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