Does anyone else grow carrots? I had a horrid carrot year. The tops were amazing but the actual carrots are horrid. The biggest was at best a whole 1 1/2 inch long and not even very thick. No clue what was different from this year to years past. Just wondered if anyone else had any issues?
Giving carrots the correct nutrition is one of the secrets to growing great carrots. Carrots need potassium, among other nutrients, so add some wood ash to your crop if it's deficient. Lime, manure, or other organic waste, and fertilizer are other typical additives. Another success tip is to grow your carrots in a raised bed rather than in the ground. You'll be able to reach into your bed and avoid stepping around your plants as they grow, which compacts the soil if you keep it approximately 4 feet wide. Loosen the dirt 8 to 9 inches deep in a raised bed, or as far as you can go.
I have pretty good luck with carrots but don't grow them every year. The Princess gets one every day for "dessert", it wouldn't take long to eat them all from the garden! So I just buy them. They are not on the Dirty Dozen list, nor the Clean 15 list, so must fall somewhere in between. The Clean 15 used to be the Clean 13.
Post by desertwoman on Sept 23, 2021 9:12:45 GMT -5
spike2 , the Dirty Dozen is the list of fruits and veggies that have the heaviest pesticide residue and are the most important to eat organic when at all possible, to avoid pesticide exposure through our diets.
The clean 15 are the produce with the least pesticide residue and so are considered safer to eat conventional
The EWG (Environmental Working Group) releases an updated list each year.
This years Dirty Dozen: (even after washed) 1. Strawberries 2. Spinach 3. Kale, collard greens, and mustard greens 4. Nectarines 5. Apples 6. Grapes 7. Cherries 8. Peaches 9. Pears 10. Bell and hot peppers 11. Celery 12. Tomatoes
NOTE: A small amount of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the United States is produced from genetically modified seeds. Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid genetically modified produce.
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desertwoman, Thank you so much. I had never heard of that before. Fortunately all the stuff in the dirty dozen I either grow myself and buy locally from the Amish. Except for the nectarines and peaches :(