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twisted carrots


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Carol 28-Mar-03 05:44 PM EST 5a   
Carol 28-Mar-03 06:22 PM EST 5a   
Joy28-Mar-03 07:31 PM EST 6a   
Ed28-Mar-03 08:45 PM EST 5a   
Kay29-Mar-03 04:37 AM EST 2b   
29-Mar-03 02:28 PM EST 3   
Sandy29-Mar-03 04:38 PM EST 3b   
Carol30-Mar-03 07:45 PM EST 5a   
Kay31-Mar-03 01:12 PM EST 2b   
davey crockett31-Mar-03 02:59 PM EST 4a   
Brent11-Jun-03 10:56 AM EST 4b   


Subject: twisted carrots
From: Carol
Zone: 5a
Date: 28-Mar-03 05:44 PM EST

I planted carrots last year and they came out of the ground all twisted together. Is there something special I should be doing to make the straight?


Subject: twisted carrots
From: Carol
Zone: 5a
Date: 28-Mar-03 06:22 PM EST

I planted carrots last year and they came out of the ground all twisted together. Is there something special I should be doing to make the straight?


Subject: RE: twisted carrots
From: Joy
Zone: 6a
Date: 28-Mar-03 07:31 PM EST

Hi Carol,

There are a couple of things that make carrots 'twisted'.

1. Soil. Carrots grow best in sandy soil, and clay will often produce 'twisted' carrots. If this was the problem, you could amend the soil where you plant so that it is lighter.

2. Fertiliser. If the soil has recently had a lot of fertiliser added, this will also produce 'twisted carrots'.

So, a nice light soil without huge amounts of nutrients is best.


Subject: RE: twisted carrots
From: Ed
Zone: 5a
Date: 28-Mar-03 08:45 PM EST

Joy has it right ! Hard, dry clay provides resitance to root penetration, so instead of heading straght down they change direction when the going gets tough and search nutrients where they are easiest to come by,i.e, near the surface. Solution: loosen up the soil with sand and appropriate ammendments to the depth that would at least equal the desired length of carrots and given adequate moisture and nutrients, they will be happy to oblige.


Subject: RE: twisted carrots
From: Kay
Zone: 2b
Date: 29-Mar-03 04:37 AM EST

Carrots need to be sown rather thinly, then thinned out to about 2 inches apart, just give them room for how big you think they will be when full sized. Do this fairly early in the year. I know it is a pain but it is the only way you get carrots. Carrots seem to have really tender roots and if they are damaged they never recover. If I had the energy I would sift the soil where I was going to plant carrots, and have it soft right down to about ten inches but my carrots don't get babied that much. Thinning early is the main thing.

Kay.


Subject: RE: twisted carrots
From: (northerngardener3@yahoo.ca)
Zone: 3
Date: 29-Mar-03 02:28 PM EST

Caution when adding sand to clay soil as clay+sand+water=cement. Better to add organic matter such as peat moss, leaf mould, well-rotted manure.


Subject: RE: twisted carrots
From: Sandy
Zone: 3b
Date: 29-Mar-03 04:38 PM EST

I added huge amounts of leaves in the spring and fall to amend the clay soil and because there are so many earthworms. I also used a Remay cloth to cover rows after seeding, I am not so sure that I have carrot rust fly, but used it to keep the rows damp until germination. Last summer I had a really good crop of carrots. If you fertilize what do you suggest?


Subject: RE: twisted carrots
From: Carol
Zone: 5a
Date: 30-Mar-03 07:45 PM EST

Thanks for all the information, my soil should be fine, I got one of those big huge bags of triple mix and dug it in really deep. I bought the seedlings and maybe while I was planting them I wasn't careful enough with the tender roots, I will try to sow them from seed this year, and see what happens.


Subject: RE: twisted carrots
From: Kay
Zone: 2b
Date: 31-Mar-03 01:12 PM EST

Oh, no, that happened to you, too??? I did that one year, bought a flat of carrot seedlings, and planted them. what lovely looking carrot (tops) I had. You should have seen my face when I dug the first ones up! Why do greenhouses do that?


Subject: RE: twisted carrots
From: davey crockett
Zone: 4a
Date: 31-Mar-03 02:59 PM EST

What is this Remay cloth? I have never heard of it. Also, I seem to have a Carrot Rust Fly problem. Does anyone have any solutions?


Subject: RE: twisted carrots
From: Brent
Zone: 4b
Date: 11-Jun-03 10:56 AM EST

Maybe they mean floating row cover (Garden Fleece)?


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