Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Hitting 'The Carrot Lottery'

After searching for some carrot growing tips to ease my personal carrot struggle I came upon this joyous little piece titled "Lottery winner plans to grow better carrots". (Enjoy!) http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090616/od_nm/us_lottery

Now back to my carrot troubles. Figure 4 is not my problem, nor will it ever be if I can't get the dang things to grow. You see, I went to the trouble of making a special mix for my carrots. They have a nice deep bed made with fine sand and loam. We removed the obvious rocks by hand with every wheelbarrow load that went in. There is not too much nitrogen or organic matter to cause 'forking' and the soil is well drained thanks to all that sand. I have a special planting method that I covered back in May, and I am sure to keep the stinkers moist for the first few weeks.

This lone carrot ranger is all that has survived out of the latest 16 seeds sowed. Pitiful.

I do have others growing in a separate section. Keep in mind I began sowing carrot seeds on April 18th, and have had many, many failures along the way.

Only 4 or 5 carrots survived out of the first hundred or so seeds. Luckily the batch behind them actually seems to be doing OK (me, knocking on wood), so I guess I just need to be patient.

The reason behind the disapearing carrot is a still a mystery to me. Rabbits? Slugs? Bad JuJu? I know others have had there own carrot struggles and if there is anything you have learned along the way, please share it here.......this girl has yet to hit the lottery.


Erin said...

No advice from me....I have tried for 3 years and this was the first year I got decent ones! And I didn't do anything different. Now I'm mad because I hardly planted any since I didn't expect much! Now I'm out of carrots for another few months until my next sowing is ready, lol!

Ruralrose said...

I too believe this is natural for carrots. Some carrots from this seed will show up next year. I let a few stay in the garden over the winter, they make seed the next fall. The seed that falls from a carrot grown on the spot always grows the best. Great little blog here can't wait to see what else you do. Peace for all

Kelly said...

Really?!? What a good thing to know Ruralrose, and thanks for the compliment!