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mochyn



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 10 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Our carrots always used to be like that but this year they're fabulous! Don''t know what the old chap's doing differently, but it's working really well.

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 10 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Bebo wrote:
Grow them in a barrel filled with spent growbag compost. You'll never bother trying to grow them in the ground again.


these were in a windowbox of fresh growbag compost, just never got any bigger

Bebo



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 10 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

How late did you sow them?

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 10 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Bebo wrote:
How late did you sow them?


errr, right at the biginning of june I think, they were the BBC dig in seeds

Bebo



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 10 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Hmmm, you should sow earlier to get bigger carrots, but I waslate with mine (around June as well) and they've come out a lot bigger than yours. Could be the variety I suppose. Main things I find help is to make sure they are watered during dry spells and to thin them out if they were sown too closely packed.

Sherbs



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 10 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

They look very much like our carrots last year which were grown in a tub.

oliveoyl



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 10 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I don't think the container you grew them in was deep enough (just guessing)... the fine tap root would have hit the bottom and stunted growth.

12Bore



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 10 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I grew Chantery carrots in a box that the council gave us foe recycling newspapers in, a decent crop considering the size of the box. We now have a wheelie bin for recycling stuff so I collected a few of the boxes from neighbours - they are very useful.

Sherbs



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 10 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

oliveoyl wrote:
I don't think the container you grew them in was deep enough (just guessing)... the fine tap root would have hit the bottom and stunted growth.


That certaily sounds like it might have been our problem. Thanks, I shall try a deeper container next time

Vanessa



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 10 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

In fairness to the carrots, the Dig-In seeds were chantenay ... so meant to be Fairly Small ...

... but even so, those are SMALL Hope they tasted good, Sally!

toggle



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 10 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

oliveoyl wrote:
I don't think the container you grew them in was deep enough (just guessing)... the fine tap root would have hit the bottom and stunted growth.


pot i used was 14 inches deep

Vanessa



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 10 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

toggle wrote:
oliveoyl wrote:
I don't think the container you grew them in was deep enough (just guessing)... the fine tap root would have hit the bottom and stunted growth.


pot i used was 14 inches deep


Shouldn't need to be deep for Chantenay.

judith



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 10 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

vanessa wrote:
toggle wrote:
oliveoyl wrote:
I don't think the container you grew them in was deep enough (just guessing)... the fine tap root would have hit the bottom and stunted growth.


pot i used was 14 inches deep


Shouldn't need to be deep for Chantenay.


Agreed. I grow them in a box about 6 inches deep - I get lovely little baby carrots 3 - 4 inches long. Perfect for cooking whole. I prefer them like this to the big fat maincrop carrots.

linz71



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 10 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

judith wrote:
vanessa wrote:
toggle wrote:
oliveoyl wrote:
I don't think the container you grew them in was deep enough (just guessing)... the fine tap root would have hit the bottom and stunted growth.


pot i used was 14 inches deep


Shouldn't need to be deep for Chantenay.


Agreed. I grow them in a box about 6 inches deep - I get lovely little baby carrots 3 - 4 inches long. Perfect for cooking whole. I prefer them like this to the big fat maincrop carrots.


I grew my Dig in Chatenays in a bucket with home made compost. They were about 4-5 inches long when I pulled them

Green Rosie



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 10 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I wasn't going to read this thread as I thought I would be soooo jealous that some-one has HUGE carrots when I, like you, am perfecting the micro-carrot

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