If Robin saw the above carrot, he would say, “holy carrot, Batman!” In my previous carrot disaster article, I asked my readers what the heck is going on. Although the carrot on my previous post just looked like a bunch of roots, this carrot looks like a bunch of regular carrots! Talk about a bang for your buck.
I sow my carrots inside and then transplant them to the garden. Carrot seeds are so small that I have had rotten luck directly sowing them.
So what did my readers tell me?
Farmer’s Daughter told me that
“Life is too good for your carrots. I would guess that there are too many nutrients, which is what causes them to split. You can remedy that by not amending the soil, like not adding in compost or manure before you plant them, and also by mixing in sand, which will help them to grow straighter, too.”
Another reader, Terry replied,
“Your carrots look like they are suffering because you are transplanting them. The carrot itself is branching like crazy and transplanting a carrot promotes the branching you see there. Although your carrots may seem to be doing better when you start them, once you move them into your garden they start branching and continue to do so. Try starting carrots from seed in your garden to avoid this……. yeah – not what you wanted to hear….. Oh – yes – as Farmer’s Daughter mentioned – do not amend the soil – unless it is to correct for acidity.”
Even my friend, Karen aka of Best of Mother Earth said
“I had a three year similar carrot project once and found that peat moss made for a terrific loose soil mixture …i added peat after year one and two and by year three i had straight carrots.”
Here are my questions:
- Can I leave the carrots in until I need them?
- Will they continue to grow like a bunch?
- Do you have any sage carrot advice?
- Has anything like this happened to you.
Let me tell you at a party when I pull one of those babies out, it really is a conversation piece.
Now that Fall is approaching, I am ready to plant my Fall garden. I am absolutely going to heed everyone’s advice. As I indicated before, I am a little fearful to direct sow carrots since I have not been very successful in the past. Organic Gardening, which is one of my favorite magazines, provides an easy tip on how to make your own seed tape, which will insure that my carrots will be off to a good start. Have you tried this method?
Wish me luck. To straighter, single digit carrots?