recommend me a carrot?

patandchickens

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Thanks very much to everyone! Now I'm back to not knowing what to plant, but in a better-informed way LOL

Perhaps I'll wait til it is actually planting season and then see what is on the rack at the store, let that make the decision for me :p

Pat
 

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I believe soil type is more important than variety. I have sandy soil w/rocks. Carrots don't do real well because they need no rocks and like moisture--guess what sand doesn't do very well. Yes, I mulch w/straw and that helps but carrots are heavy feeders.

Good luck
 

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I planted Danvers last year and was pleased with the crop and the flavor. Did have some trouble with splitting, but not too excessive.

I was browsing a Gardens Alive catalog the other day and noticed a thing called Beneficial Sf Nematodes to protect crops from root-knot nematodes. The picture showed split carrots. http://www.gardensalive.com/product.asp?pn=5004&ss=root-knot
Not trying to change the subject, but was just wondering if anyone has tried this since alot of people have mentioned trouble with splitting.
 

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Ridgerunner said:
I kinda like Digits approach, other than the split and forked carrots. Did you perhaps transplant your carrots, by the way? . . .
No transplanting, Ridgerunner.

I know that they sometimes have root-knot nematodes. Maybe "sometimes" isn't the right word . . . and darn-near everything can be plagued with those nematodes.

Knowing that they can cause splitting, I talked with some gardeners about the problem. They pointed out that there are other reasons for carrot splitting like excessive fertilizer and - here's a big one - variable soil moisture.

I'd match my rocky ground against just about anyone's :rolleyes:. Not only do rocks interfere with how straight a root can grow but they really, really promote dry soil.

For differing reasons, some gardens just aren't suitable for some plants. It is a special joy to find those that actually like our gardens :).

Steve
 

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Do nematodes eat holes in the carrots under the ground? That's my main problem. I've grown chantenay & danvers, and they do pretty well. I tried growing oxheart carrots, but didn't get very good results. Although that was still when I was growing them in the ground vs. in raised beds, too.
 

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