Saturday, June 22, 2013

ratty carrots

Pulled my carrots today.  Figured it was about time since I planted them a year ago.  Never really tended them very well - just kept watering the greens.  Haven't had much luck with root crops out here but at least I have something to add to some soup.  94,105,80,0,B,.7


2ligit said...

There may be two main reasons for this. The first is that all root vegetables have to be sown where they are to grow. If you sowed them in seed trays and then transplanted them, they will not develop long roots. So always sow them in the vegetable patch and then thin them out as they grow a little larger.
The other reason may be that your soil is actually too rich ! Carrots do not like to be planted in a bed where the soil has had any farmyard manure or poultry manure within the last year. Carrots also do not like any soil which has been treated with nitrogen rich fertilizers within the past year.
So it may be worth trying to grow a crop in a bed next year where no manure or fertilizer has been added. You could however, add in a little non-nitrogen rich fertilizer, just to help them establish.

Wm. Pugh said...

Do not allow the soil to dry out before the seeds germinate. If this happens, your carrots will probably not take root. Cover the soil with a damp towel, damp burlap, or damp moss if you need extra help in keeping the medium wet.

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Kevin Hayden, said...

Those are certainly "soup carrots"!

I've been following your site since you first created it and I think this is my first comment.

I've started my own shipping container project around the same time that you did! I'm no where close to what you've created, but I always come back here to check your progress. You serve as an inspiration, my friend!

Keep up the great work!

I've blogged my small amount of progress over at in case you ever get bored!

Kevin Hayden