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NewBoy2NewBoy2 BristolPosts: 1,808
At last I have been able to thin out my carrot bed.
Some of the carrots seem to have risen 2 or 3 inches out of the soil and therefore the top of the root is brown.

Is it the hot weather shrinking the soil so it appears they have risen ?
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  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy North London Posts: 5,280
    I think so, some of my carrots are doing the same. Soil shrinkage when dry can be quite marked especially if you have clay.
    AB Still learning

  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,941
    I think so too, my beetroots did the same, but not so high, three inches is quite impressive levitation.
  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 BristolPosts: 1,808
    Upon reflection I think wet soil has a bigger mass that very dry soil as the water must take up space.

    Not bad for a boy with 5  O' Levels and none of them science based

    I have erected a net system around the carrots with 4 foot tall posts and a screen to stop the Carrot Flies


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  • DyersEndDyersEnd Posts: 730
    Did anyone else have a vision of carrots hovering above a table when they read the title of this post?
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,030
    Oh yes.   Purple ones at that.
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  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,573
    DyersEnd said:
    Did anyone else have a vision of carrots hovering above a table when they read the title of this post?
    The OP's use of the verb "levitate" was certainly exaggerated, maybe for dramatic effect.  ;)
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 BristolPosts: 1,808
    I think the upshot of this is to water more often in very long spells of hot weather so as to keep the soil levels up

    Papi Jo   Yes you are correct as i should have said " sticking out a bit "

    As the test match is rained off I have just started drawing out my plans for the 8 beds and 2 raised beds for Autumn and Spring sowing

    Papi Jo    As you are In Brittany could you advise me as I am thinking of growing a grape .

    I am in Bristol with good soil and a shed to use a s support
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  • BLTBLT Posts: 525
    Its happening to me too and its fine deep sandy soil so I think sprinkle a bit of compost on top to cover the tops. Its been unseasonably hot, maybe they are coming up for Air lol..
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