I thought carrots don't like to have their roots disturbed and that you'll get forked carrots. Have you found that to be the case? Or perhaps you're very careful to make sure you get the tap root in straight as possible.loulac wrote: ↑Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:52 amThinning carrots when they are big enough to be eaten is a discovery to me, I think I’ll make a try. In my garden I mix my seeds with very fine sand to have a sparse growth, then I wait till adult leaves grow before pulling out extra seedlings. I can plant them in empty spaces or an extra line, their growth will be stopped for a week but they will catch up with the first batch later. Waiting for adult leaves is important as snails and slugs will then stop eating them.
I see that you have a bunch of carrot varieties. Are all of them sweet raw and cooked? I'm finding that some of the carrots I pulled are kind of bitter raw. Maybe they're past their prime? Is it possible to leave a carrot in the ground for too long?Paquebot wrote: ↑Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:11 pmThis year, 6 pots with 4 being long and two early short ones. The long ones Baltimore, Candysnax, Rainbow, and Sugarsnax. The shorties are Adelaide and Short And Sweet. Last year there were Sugarsnax which went down 12" and made a 90º turn for another 3: or 4". The pots are set several inches into the soil so the tap roots follow the water through the drainage holes.
I used this tip twice this weekend. Once for my grow bags where I fill the bags with soil/sand mixture and then have a 2" layer top of potting soil. I also did a row in my raised bed where I made a furrow that was filled with potting soil. I planted parsnips 2-3 weeks ago in a grow bag with this technique and they came up beautifully with no weeds. Wow, that was awesome!Bower wrote: ↑Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:03 am
As regards the weeds, my Dad had a trick that works well - get a bag of weed-free commercial compost, use it to line your furrows and cover your seed. Your carrots or other crop come up without competition. He came up with this because of the huge weed seed bank in his ground, and it works really well.
I would like to learn more about your techniques. Where do you get burlap bags? On the web, I found this place which offers 3" wide burlap, 100 ft long for $17. http://burlapsupply.com/3-inch-10-oz-bu ... 10100.html
Is this sufficient? I guess you want a single layer to shade the ground to keep it wet?
I also never heard of using ferns. Can you explain how you use ferns to cover your carrots? I have plenty of ferns in the woods behind my house.