erthnsky at bellsouth.net
Tue Jan 13 11:58:31 EST 2009
One other thing...I keep thinking of stuff, sorry...
This last time I grew carrots they were 'hairy'. I think James or
someone told me that meant that the soil was too rich. I'm pretty sure
my raised beds are high in Nitrogen, so I wasn't too surprised. They
tasted just fine though. ;) That probably explains the small carrot
size, too. Generally, if the N is too high, things are very leafy but
have small roots. I haven't really thought about this until today but
the reason my carrots probably did well in the bean row is because as a
root crop, the probably like phosphorus and potash and I always dump a
bucket or two of wood ashes in the area where I intend to plant beans.
I do recall actually pouring a bucket of ashes in the spot where that
row was. (Why can I remember crap like that and not remember a doctor's
appointment?) I suppose I need to double dig a small area and dedicate
it to growing carrots. No rocks.
> I was hoping more folks would respond because I am looking for a good
> variety, too.
> Lisa I've grown the Nantes(2 types I think), and this year I am trying
> Red Cored Chantanay. I think I need to plant carrots a little earlier
> than I have as my carrots have been on the small side. They just don't
> do well baked in the ground, so I have to pull them. Like Lynda's beds,
> all of mine are very composty and layered. Now, it is rare to see a
> misshapen carrot, but the first year here, when I grew them in the
> ground, I had the funniest looking carrots you ever saw. I tried to
> clear the area of rocks, but even the smallest stone caused a
> mar/deformation in the the carrot.
> I do try to put my carrots in a line, even in the raised beds. I will
> run multiple short lines, 2 or 3 feet long, parallel to each other. The
> other thing I do that I haven't seen mentioned is that I mix my radish
> seeds with carrot seeds and plant them together. The radishes germinate
> first and it marks the row. They grow quickly and are pulled long
> before the carrots are ready. Oh, when I planted them in the ground one
> year, some seeds washed over into the adjacent row of greenbeans. Beans
> are apparently a good companion because the carrots in that row did much
> better than the carrots in the dedicated row. That's all I can tell ya.
> Lisa K.V. Perry wrote:
>> On Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 6:32 PM, Lynda <lurine at com-pair.net> wrote:
>>> All my beds are raised or lasagna, so they are really composty and
>>> the equivalent of real well dug and light. I simply scatter seeds
>>> around the bottoms of the peas, beans, tomatoes and in amongst the
>>> lettuce. I also plant them in amongst my herbs. They do real well
>>> with chives, rosemary and sage.
>> Thanks, Lynda. I've read that carrots are 'particular' so have been
>> leery but would really like to give it a solid try this year. Sounds
>> like you don't have a specific bed for carrots then but just put them
>> wherever. I had not thought of your method. What variety do you grow?
>> I had hoped a couple of people would pick up on this thread.
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