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Questions about Carrots...

16 Jul 2012
Storms 32°C / 90°F

I have had my best harvest of carrots ever, but…. Of course I want to do better. Looking at the two attached photos will you please answer a few questions and offer any solutions?

1) Do you find when harvesting carrots they are all different lengths like those below. All were sown the same day and are inches away from each other? Most other vegetables are different sized when harvested, I don’t know why I am shocked I guess I am so use to the uniform size of supermarket carrots.

2) Almost all my carrots have green shoulders at the very top. I had read, when you see the shoulders it was time to harvest. A Google search implies, “Green Shoulders are due to not enough mulch covering the carrots” I am happy to add more mulch. Do my fellow Folians, concur?

3) If mulch is covering the shoulders, do you just pull the carrots based on time in the ground or have you learned another technique?

4) These carrots tasted fine…. Not great…. Not super sweet. Do you feel the sweetness of the carrot is related to variety or how it is grown? (e.g. time of year harvested, type of soil grown in)



I have had problems growing carrots in the past. My grandmother grew them for years and never mulched them and they turned out fine. Maybe it has more to do with the soil conditions?

Posted on 16 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

If I have some that grow themselves out of the ground, I just cut off the green part. Mine, too, are of various sizes and I think that’s natural, sort of. I think a lot depends on the variety. I only planted ‘mini’ carrots this spring, but hope to plant larger ones in August, along with more of the mini ones. If the carrots are of the larger variety, I think sweetness depends on how long you let them grow and how big they get. Of course, I’m not an expert … last year I couldn’t get carrots to grow at all ! :)

Posted on 16 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

1) I sow my carrots all at once, and they always vary in sizes at harvest.
2) I am not 100% sure if the green shoulders are due to lack of covering since all of mine have those, yet some are completely covered by soil.
3) I usually harvest carrots based on how large and beefy the tops are, regardless of whether I see a shoulder or not.
4) Carrots grown in cooler weather tend to be sweeter. Those that are harvested after a frost are the sweetest.

Posted on 16 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

I’m the last person you want to ask about carrots though I am trying again this year. :fingers crossed:

Posted on 17 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

Thanks for all the answers… It looks like my output was normal…. Going to get ready for my fall planting.

Posted on 20 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

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