Carrots and turnips

Nan CrambNan Cramb Posts: 11

Over 50 years dad has never been able to grow either successfully in the garden pests and disease seem to get them every time.  Can they be grown in potato bags?  We don't need many but do like garden fresh rather than travel weary veg when we can get them

Thanks

Nan

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,753

    Hello Nan image  

    Given that you're in Fife, are we talking about what we Southerners call Swedes (yellow fleshed) or turnips (white flesh)?

    As for carrots, I've grown lovely Chantenay carrots in containers in multi-purpose compost. They're not huge carrots, but the flavour is great.

    Info here http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/digin/vegetables/chantenay_carrot.shtml 

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    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • allium2allium2 Posts: 413

    I've never had much success with carrots as they never seem to grow straight - even when just planted in mp compost.  

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,753

    Allium, try growing stump rooted varieties like chantenay image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Nan CrambNan Cramb Posts: 11

    Thanks I do mean swedes.  I will try in bags and report back

     

  • I've grown decent veg in a bog standard black dustbin, fill with compost, add seeds and forget.
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    I always grow carrots in 4 very large plastic pots; just harvested the last ones 2 weeks ago. The height of the pots mean that carrot root fly don't get to them plus I only use spent tomato compost mixed with sharp sand, so no large stones.image

  • scrogginscroggin Posts: 2,080

    To avoid carrot root fly ,which decimates any carrots planted in the open on my allotment, I grow them in raised beds covered with enviromesh.

    They taste so much better than the tasteless varieties you find in supermarkets.

  • jools6jools6 Posts: 63

    for best results we grow ours in a large tub with soil or compost with 25 per cent sharp sand and we have had some corkers.

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