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Carrot crisis


by Jane Moore

This season I simply can't get carrots to germinate! I've sown and sown and sown - yes three times! And still I only get one or two carrots growing each time.


CarrrotsThis season I simply can't get carrots to germinate! I've sown and sown and sown - yes three times! And still I only get one or two carrots growing each time. It's depressing frankly and I'm thinking about giving up on the whole thing and opting for something easier to grow like courgettes.

I think it's a combination of cooler temperatures slowing down germination and the wet weather increasing slug and snail populations beyond belief - certainly around the misty damp hills of Bath anyhow! I wonder if this is a countrywide problem or if it's a west country thing?

The only trouble with growing something different is, one, that it's admitting to failure - but I'm fine with that. I think you learn to accept your failures gracefully as a gardener; and, two, that carrots are Paul's favourite vegetable and he's not the greatest veg eater so I really want to encourage him on the carrot front. I guess I'm going to have to re-sow yet again and hope for warmer temperatures and dryer weather.

What I really want is an absolutely, tough-as-old-boots survivor of a carrot variety to grow - you know, something that will come up whatever tries to do it down. Any suggestions?



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Gardeners' World Web User 20/07/2007 at 14:04

I have had this problem with my recent sowings, but I have been sowing in large pots also. What I have done to over come it is to cover them in fleece as soon as I have sown them, it keeps out the majority of the water, needless to say the slugs and snails. Its improved germination no end!

Gardeners' World Web User 20/07/2007 at 17:10

It's also possible to grow carrots (particularly the shorter & stubbier varieties) in pointed wicker hanging baskets. This gives them depth to grow, more than adequate drainage, and also helps keep them away from those nasty pests. My mother has found this very successful over the last two years, and she lives in what has been a very wet part of the UK.

Gardeners' World Web User 20/07/2007 at 21:23

I started my carrots off in peat pots in the greenhouse before transorting to the veg patch this year and now they're almost ready to pull up and eat.

Gardeners' World Web User 20/07/2007 at 21:43

Just harvested our first lot this year - enough for the two of us for tea. Yes had same problem, nothing much germinating and those that did put on leaf growth but no sign of a carrot. May have enough for another meal later but a really poor show. However have also got late sown ones in pots (see Lornas comments) - we will see.

Gardeners' World Web User 21/07/2007 at 21:48

Here in the midlands I too have had a terrible lack of germination in carrots. Having tried 3 different varieties (Chantenay, Nantes and the multi coloured types) I've had very little luck and even the few that do germinate are then getting attacked by slugs. So you have my sympathy Jane. I'm going to try some late season one's in pots on the patio, hopefully they might be more successful.

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