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!
Here in California we really haven't had a winter (as you all probably know). We had a cold snap in November (in the teens and 20's), which froze my young citrus trees. Other than that, it has been really mild - 40's and 50's mostly. Today it should be 80. And we obviously haven't had any rain... but all my carrots (Ya-Ya & Nantes), grown in two separate beds and two different times are ALL pale. And the carrot tops of the plants around the edges of the beds are being nibbled. Any thoughts? Thanks! - Patty
Rabbits love carrot tops as well as lettuce and sweet potato leaves. So do deer. They probably will eat a lot more vegetables that those, but those are the ones I KNOW they eat. I have never had rabbits or deer eat garlic or onion tops though, nor have I noticed any problem with my broccoli, celery, or pepper plants, both hot and bell peppers.
Rabbits here in PA love small cabbage and broccoli or any other crucifer until they get some size. They don't bother my onions, potatoes, squashes, tomatoes or peppers. They also like to eat my lettuce, spinach, cranberries, chard, carrot tops and peas...particularly when they are young.
I have tried all sorts of natural products but none have worked very well.
I think I will put up a barrier this year.
With so much snow on the ground this year the rabbits destroyed my blueberries. There wasn't much else for them to forage on because there was a few feet of snow for a prolonged period. They pretty much mowed down the top part of the bush that was exposed above the snow which had all the buds for this years growth and fruit wood.
Patty, what do you mean by pale? The carrot tops or the root?
I planted sweet potatoes last spring, and when the plants were well leafed-out, I discovered damage to my sweet potato plants' leaves. I immediately suspected rabbits, since we see several in the neighborhood and occasionally some in our back yard. On closer examination I found hoof prints. It was a deer. I strung light gage aluminum wire all around the garden, starting at 2' and putting additional strands every foot up to six feet. Then, several nights later I saw a rabbit, again munching on my sweet potato leaves. The next day I put up plastic mesh around the garden, going up 2' from the ground. Problem solved.