I am growing "Black Knight" carrots this year, when i pulled a "test carrot", this is what came out. um, not "black" at all, lol. I do know that they are a white cored variety though. Im betting i pulled too early didnt i? (darn foliage can be so misleading!) However since i understand that once you pull it, thats it--no putting it back in the hole, so i just decided to wash and eat it...quite fibrous, spent a few minutes picking bits out of my teeth, lol!
thats what i did with this one, removed some of the dirt around to see the top of the root, as you can see, the top of it was the color that it was supposed to be, and being as that was all that i could see of it i thought "oh boy, this one must be ready!", lol!
I made sure it was fed a weak solution of all purpose miracle gro weekly, i also did i weekly foliar spray feeding. And i definitely kept them moist at all times. Maybe the others that are still in the growing area will surprise me :)
oh yeah i had no intentions of pulling the rest, but was talking about sowing another separate plot elsewhere, but if it would be too late in the season, would be best to save that seed for next time ;)
I checked, mine aren't ready yet. A couple of survivor spring carrots were so big I couldn't pull them without breaking, but they weppre still sweet. Growing in the shade of pepper plants. Since I have so little luck with carrots, I may have to buck the official method and try that next year. Of course it WAS a mild spring...
ive been trying to grow them during the autumn season because every time i try during the spring, they seem to take so long that by the time they are ready, they are quite bitter from summer heat. Or at least thats how my usual luck goes, lol
I have to stick my nose in here and tell you all something VERY FUNNY. My husband, fairly new to growing veggies, pulled a carrot outta the ground when I MENTIONED that it looked like it was about "ready." Pop! Out came that root, and NOPE, it was NOT ready.
I told him that I had ONLY MENTIONED that it seemed ready, but could he see that it wasn't? "Oh yes," he replied. "But I'll just stick it back in the soil to grow some more."
Thought I split my side laughing so hard!
That carrot was TRULY worth the sacrifice! God Love Hubby!