I've been growing carrot Early Nantes 2 and have had a lovely crop. But, among the most recent batch I pulled, some had very tough, thick stems and a hard core which went right through the carrot. Can someone tell me what went wrong?
I had the same problem Berkley. Having had difficulty with carrots in the open ground in the past, I sowed Early Nantes in deep troughs. They have been regularly (and copiously) watered, especially during hot, dry weather. So exactly what the problem is, I don't know - but the roots that have a hard core have the hard centre cut out. The rest of them, some not as large as I would have liked, are just scrubbed, topped and tailed and quickly steamed. Had some for dinner today (roast lamb, with fresh mint sauce and French and runner beans from the garden: delicious) and the flavour was superb, even if the odd shapes of some of the carrots would have been frowned on by the MasterChef judges! But then - I grow for taste not presentation.
Whic type do you grow Verdun ? after several years of Early Nantes I tried Amsterdam this year,good crop and good taste but badly mis-shapen,some looked like pairs of trousers,do you know what causes that?.
Thanks Verdun,thats very helpful,and have never thought of covering with fleece after sowing.
Not heard of Mokum,will look out for them next year and try some of those as well.
Thanks for the comments. I think the hot weather may have contributed: I try to keep them well-watered, but I'm sure I "missed" once or twice. A similar question: Is it alright to leave carrots in the ground for a while AFTER they are obviously ready to pull? In other words, is it possible to leave them in too long?