first carrots

July 22, 2009 at 10:06 pm 5 comments

carrots_first bunch

Early Nantes sown on 26th April, first sighting of tops on 1st June, this bunch lifted on 15 July.  I won’t have a huge crop because I spaced them widely (I don’t like disturbing plants once they’re growing and thinning can attract carrot fly).  But the result has been lovely long, juicy carrots and I’d choose quality over quantity any day.  Only a couple of seeds didn’t germinate so I sowed some radishes in the gaps. The photo below was taken a few weeks ago (pre-weeding it looks like!).  More carrot seed sown on 23 June, Autumn King this time and germination has been much faster with the warmer weather and regular rainfall.

carrots - early nantes

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  • 1. Cheryl  |  July 23, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Wow – those are amazing! This is my first year growing carrots – you’ve reminded me I will have to check and see when they are ready to come up. I hope they turn out at least half as well as yours!

  • 2. Mum & Dad  |  July 23, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    can you bring some with you next time you come over? please………………..luv Mum & Dad

    • 3. Nip it in the bud  |  July 23, 2009 at 6:22 pm

      ‘course you can have some carrots Dad, they come with a courgette though ;o)
      Cheryl – the first year is so exciting and I remember fondly the freedom of just experimenting. It’s taken 4 years to beat my first year carrots and I’m sure yours will be great (if they’re not don’t be discouraged – nature’s fickle and it won’t necessarily be anything you did or didn’t do)

  • 4. mangocheeks  |  July 23, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Oh wow, they do look very very good.

  • […] I had it in mind that carrots took 3-4 weeks to germinate but when I checked the archives for the first carrots I ever grew it was more like 5 weeks before they appeared.  It’s always a bit of a guessing […]


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