Is this unusual?, my garden is full of carrots. I've been eating some of
them for the last few weeks but I'm wondering if I should just leave them
alone for a few months and hope they grow to a reasonable size. My
carrots have always been stunted, usually just an inch long, never more
than three inches, maybe giving them two seasons to grow is what they
need to reach a normal size. The carrot variety is Danvers. I'm in
Massachusetts so I assumed that Danvers which is a New England carrot
would do best but it's been a disappointment. However it's ability to
survive the winter seems to be a redeeming feature.
Unfortunately, any of your over-wintered carrots you want to eat, you
will have to eat soon. Carrots are biennial so they will be going to
seed this year.
On the plus side of the ledger, they are an heirloom variety and you
should be able to harvest true to type seeds for planting next year.
One caveat to this though, if you have Queen Anne's Lace (wild carrot)
growing nearby they will readily cross pollinate.
No, they won't get bigger. What will happen is that they'll start to put
out little rootlets and become tough, as they prepare to make seeds this
year. The good news is that, since carrots grow so well throughout the
winter where you live, you can plan to have year-round carrots, even if they
are small. Plant fewer seeds, but more regularly (every three weeks or so),
and you'll have a steady supply.
A technique that I'll try this year is to use a dibble made from a
shovel handle, or some such, or even a crowbar, to make a 9" deep hole,
and fill it with potting soil for planting carrots/parsnips. If you have
parsnips, now is the time to eat them. The cold makes them sweeter.
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the
merger of state and corporate power." - Benito Mussolini.
I just harvested my crop that I planted about this time last year. Temps
had been down in the teens for a week this winter.
They were an odd lot, one was completely round, none more that a few
inches. Still crisp, and fabulous in a pot roast. Nice carrot flavor.
I'll try not to do that again this year. I have a "wishing well" and
some potting soil for this years patch.
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