In what way were they a disaster? Germination problems? Carrot root fly? What kind of soil are you growing in? Do you grow in containers. We can't fix the problem if we don't know what the problem is.
I would say sand not fertiliser and sow direct and thin not toilet roll. I love the Nantes varieties and also I have tried Trevor and maestro. If you want a winter carrot I am trying giant flakk.
my carrots were dire year one in new soil so I'm not attempting it again in my bed. I have a seperate bed that has spent compost and sand mixed in to lighten soil and lower fertiliser as fertile soil promotes lots of top and smaller carrots I have been told.
Saying that my dad has routine and his carrots are dire this year and mine were fab. Sometimes stuff seems to just go right or wrong I am learning!!! Parsnips this year have not germinated well at all!!! Disappointing as I spent a little more on pelletted seed do I could space nicely at my farthers!
anyone else have opinions on pelleteted seed???
Verdun your posts are always so intriguing. Are you a hobby gardener or is it a profession?
this year I saved some seed from a piccallo Tom but also bought 6 gardedead delight. Me being me I ended up with 6 delight and 6 piccallo filling my greenhouse. It was like a jungle so I kept taking out shoots and reducing leaves and they were forming brill trusses. But all green and not ripening. I moved the buckets out of my green plastic greenhouse and stood against the house wall and they were ripening within a week.
My mum cursed me telling me that shouldn't be taking shoots and leaves off the g delights. Yet I got larger crops than her and the same on my piccallo vs the ones I gave her! So I still don't know if I was lucky or silly. It's was petersfield general purpose compost in a normal black bucket and I fed once a week after first fruit set.
shall I do that again next year or learn a different way to deal with tom's. I loved every minute of collecting the seed, splitting from pulp, drying, germination and then potting on 50 to keep and give away. Maybe I was lucky as again I could have easily collected duff seed!!
It's addictive. I took cuttings about 8 weeks ago and they are all potted on into 9cm pots and in a bread tray to overwinter I hope. I have 40 lupin plants in the greenhouse potted on about 3 weeks ago.
I have perennials just peaking thru the compost from seed. I also have 500 self collected pansy seeds and they are frantically growing to come out for winter interest.
except I have no idea what I'm going to do with my plants that I'm overwintering, replace losses maybe or put a stall at the end of the drive!? Never overwintered perennials in pots, so unsure if the foliage will die off or I should be trying to keep them going.