Questions tagged [carrots]

Root vegetable, usually orange, sometimes also purple or cream, where the taproot is the most commonly eaten portion

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Why did my carrots split in a way that looks like legs?

This is the first year I've grown carrots. What gave them legs? I have a theory that the seedlings merged together. I don't know if that is just silly or if carrots just naturally grow like this.
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Why are we instructed not to use manure before planting carrots?

It's said that we shouldn't use manure when preparing ground intended for carrots. Is it that carrots don't thrive on manure, or is it that they fork and splinter too much? What about other roots? ...
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Late-sown Carrots: any particular problems?

I usually sow carrots in early June for lifting in September. This year, I am planning to sow a short-rooted variety in August, for harvesting in November-December, and will use a fleece grow tunnel ...
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Why are my carrots white in the center?

We harvested all of the remaining carrots in our garden, and to our surprise a large number of them are white or bright yellow in the center, rather than being orange all the way through. The white ...
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Are woodlice eating my carrots?

I lifted some carrots this evening. It being December these are carrots which have been in the ground some time. They're big and fat, they need cleaning up and the damage needs cutting out, but ...
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Is the “Paris Market” carrot a good variety for clay-rich soil?

I have tried growing carrots now and then, but they were always twisting around all of the rocks and squeezing through the clay, and I basically got a bad crop of strong flavored, tough carrots that ...
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My carrots that I dig from my garden are soft

I have been digging up carrots and have lots left in the ground. All of them are soft and spongy right out of the ground. I have been eating them for three weeks or so. They seem to be safe to eat. ...
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What to do about carrots that don't seem to be growing?

It's my first time growing carrots and the leaves don't seem to have grown in the last fortnight. I'm worried that there's something wrong but there're no obvious problems as the leaves are still ...
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Carrot & Beetroot seeds not sprouting

I planted carrot and beetroot seeds outdoors (UK) nearly 2 months ago. Only a few seeds have sprouted, out of two full packets (probably 30+ seeds of each type). The seeds were planted into freshly ...
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How are root vegetables grown in hot climates?

In previous answers, I've mentioned our general lack of success growing root vegetables in North Texas. Carrots and beetroots do not do well at all - roots are few and small. Onions and potatoes do ...
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What are the solid chunks in the top my carrots?

I've been getting through my home-grown carrots lately. I've had a few raw, and twice now I've noticed solid chunks in the top of the carrot. The first time when my teeth crunched on it I figured it ...
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When should I harvest my carrots?

I live in central Ohio, zone 6a. Last year I harvested my carrots right after Labor Day (first Monday of September) and they were pretty nice. I've been picking them as needed this year, but I'm ...
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Can I trim my potato plants?

I have three rows of potato plants that are growing really well. I have another row of carrots in the same bed. The carrots have sprouted, but they are still small. The leaves of the potatoes in ...
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Can I eat carrots with wormholes in them?

I started cleaning up and cutting two big carrots to make a soup when I realized worms had dug galleries in them. Is it safe to eat them even if I clean them? So far I have not found any worms but can ...
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Carrots grown in my backyard look different

I just removed a carrot that I grew in my backyard. It is very different from the carrot you get in the supermarket. Wondering why the core is yellow instead of orange. The taste is not great either. ...
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Why have my carrots turned purple?

I've recently re-planted my carrots into my new garden and they've almost all turned purple. The carrots were originally planted in a pot and grew into about 3-4cm high green sprouts. I'm a newbie so ...
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Need help identifying this beetle

I have a group of these beetles on my dill plants. They might be black lady bugs, but seem too small at only 5mm. A positive ID would help be know whether to let them be, or remove them.
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Does dill negatively effect carrot growth?

I've read in a number of places that carrots and dill do not do well together. There is no specific reason listed, so I am skeptical on this. Looking for some hard evidence to back this up.
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Why are my carrots white?

I planted Early Nantes V earlier in the year and am just starting to harvest them. Some are orange but some are white. Why is this?
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How to get rid of wireworms in garden plot

Has anyone had success removing wireworms from their garden and do you have any tips? I've looked some online and it seems like baiting them with potatoes is the best solution. I am not opposed to ...
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Is this a good organic soil/fertilizer setup for container carrots?

I am growing 36 carrots in a 18" square container that is 14" deep. I know I have enough room for them but am more worried about whether there will be enough nutrition in the soil to carry them ...
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How near to each other should I plant my vegetable and fruit plants?

The plants I have started are: lettuce, tomato, carrots, green beans, kidney beans, peppers, and cantaloupe. I've never grown any of these things before, or much of anything before. If there any ...
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What is this disease on my carrots?

I have just discovered that some of my carrots have this very dense presence of insects. Are they aphids? I have learned recently that ants love to grow aphids and I could notice some ants around ...
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What can I do about carrots having weak stems?

Should I plant then deeper, fill in dirt around them as they are growing or perhaps something else? It seems like they grow faster than they can keep up with themselves, and if I do nothing, I'd end ...
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How do I stop my carrots from sticking up too high being nibbled from the top?

I have some purple carrots and there growing excellently. But after a couple of months, they started to stick up 2-3 cm above the ground with one eaten, so I pulled them out before anymore were eaten. ...
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Intercropping garlic with white mustard and carrots

The word around local farmers is to grow white mustard in the soil you plan to grow garlic next year. Presumably, it reduce the amount of white rot (Sclerotium cepivorum). Does it make sense to ...
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When to dig out carrots for consumption at the latest in autumn? [duplicate]

Starting from which temperature it doesn't make sense anymore to keep carrots in the ground if their final destination is consumption? I'm in the midst of autumn here and last week we had still 20 °C....