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Pulled up my first batch of carrots (novice gardener). They're a mix of charternay and something else (lost the seed pack).

The sizes aren't amazing from the size of the tops and some look pretty odd, but the couple I've tried tasted great. We had one surprise yellow/white carrot in the batch.  Is that common or a rogue yellow variety seed mixed in with the batch?

Think l'll roast them on Sunday.

Any tips on improving the size and shape for next year? I kept them pretty well fed & watered.



Don't know why the pic is upside down.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,737

    It does happen ... it may be down to a rogue seed in the packing process or a random cross-pollination.  Whatever, it's perfectly edible, which is the main thing image

    The forked shapes can be due to stony soil, or sometimes the use of overly fresh manure in the veg bed.   

    Whatever shape they are, it's the flavour that counts ... enjoy your Sunday roast image

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  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,531

    I can see why you might want them bigger, but improve on the shape?  You couldn't!  Boring veg are for supermarkets.

  • Womble54Womble54 Posts: 348

    Fair point. They may be ugly, but I still love them.

    I think the soil was a bit too stoney. I converted an old rose bed with a load of gravel on top into a veggie bed. There's only so many stones you can pick out. I'll pick some more out when I dig it over this winter.

  • Mary370Mary370 Posts: 2,003

    Gosh, they are funny looking...........I suppose I am so used to seeing 'perfect' carrotts in the supermarket.  Well done, hope they taste nice.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,155

    Womble - I reckon the yellow one is the wife of the one to her left - with the arm round the kid.....image

    As Dove says - stony soil and fresh manure are the most common reasons for them forking. It's the taste that matters though.  Can't beat a roast carrot for flavour - enjoy your lunch!

    If you have stoney soil - you can also grow them in big containers. Or - dig  a trench out of your soil and replace with old compost and some soil from elsewhere in the garden if it's better. That might help with the structure of it for next time. Raised beds are also perfect for growing carrots - it helps eliminate the issue of lots of stones or compacted ground. If you try that - you can add  manure now, along with compost and soil,  as it will be fine by the time you sow another crop. Carrots like quite poor conditions  image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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