Every year we grow a few carrots for the children, mostly because they love harvesting and eating them.
Our carrots never look all that great for some reason but I grow them anyhow.
Yeah, those are ugly. But they’re organic!
I tried Herrick Kimball’s 4-day Carrots in another bed and had an almost complete germination failure. I just don’t have the touch. This bed was planted conventionally but it was in a sunnier area with better drainage.
These tasted great despite their ugly demeanor.
Maybe I’ll do better this fall. I probably need to do more research on growing carrots in Florida.
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Even ugly carrots will feed rabbits.
Same here. Nice big carrot top and tiny roots. They taste fantastic, though.
The flavor really is excellent on these, so that's a win at least.
same thing happened to me..great looking tops but teeny carrots…I'm planning to give them another try though.
Good luck – if you have success, post!
Hmmm. Sorry to hear of your 4-day-carrots failure. Perhaps it is the warmer weather in Florida?
There is an English chap on YouTube who is new to gardening and who has a four-day-carrots bed. He posts regularly with updates on the progress of his allotment efforts. The carrot bed doesn't look like it is doing all that well. I think in his case it is due to having a shaded garden area. Full sun really is a necessity.
Perhaps it is the sun.
I had some success growing Danvers carrots in large pots full of compost. In fact, the best carrots I got were in a 3' wide, 2' deep pot that I was using to grow a peach tree. Planted a ring of carrots around the outside and they all looked great. some were about 8" long and 2" wide.
Funny, though… the carrots I planted in nice deep hugelkultur beds with tons of compost ended up looking just like yours.
Those sound like great carrots.
I have good success growing carrots in central/south Florida, but I plant them in November and harvest them when I see the diameter of the base of the plant looking about the size of dime. It takes longer than you might think–about 3-4 months. I grow mine in an irrigated raised bed that has mostly sandy soil with some compost mixed in. I did plant a successful second crop this year in January and harvested in April.
Okay – good info. Sounds like you're harvesting them small.
I would love to grow carrots. I actually had a good stand of them going by accident. I thought I had lost my seeds, but when I found them, they were in the bottom of a watering can that had gotten rainwater in it. Some had already started to sprout, but I decided that the worst that could happen was that I would fail, which is what typically happens anyway. Would you believe that I had tons of them pop up? I actually needed to thin them! Then, one afternoon, my husband said, "Come see, I weeded your garden!" It was either laugh or cry at that point. I chose to laugh.
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