This week Darren Blick posted a blog about his success at the National Vegetable Championships in Malvern where he won a first prize for the presentation of three long carrots. In stark contrast my carrot growing story is somewhat different. Back in August we found ourselves with an empty raised bed, in a bid not to let any space go to waste we bought some very healthy looking carrot seedlings from Ayletts variety Nantes, a quick growing cultivar. Whilst planting them, committee member Steve wandered over and told us that Rodney had always told him (this is how it goes on allotments in case you’re not familiar) that you can’t transplant carrot seedlings.
My assumption was that what Steve meant was that they wouldn’t grow, but they did and very healthy they looked too. Of course those with experience will know what comes next. I decided to pull some up this week and this is what I found.
So, Steve you were right and Darren, I don’t think you’ll be facing any competition from me in the near future. The good news is that of course they are fine to eat, in fact the taste is great and in the process I’ve have learnt to listen to good advice from those who have been growing for far longer than me.
Information about carrot growing from the RHS here.