Just pulled a few carrots for my tea, a few each of Nantes 5 and Autumn King (all sown at the same time, either side of the same patch). The Nantes 5 have suddenly developed a really hard core, I struggled to even cut the greenery off and after cooking they were inedible. The Autumn Kings are just fine and much bigger.
I have been 'thinning' both by pulling some of the bigger ones to have as baby carrots, but now some are starting to reach maturity and fill out, at least the Autumn Kings are, a Nantes with the same size stem only has about half the carrot which is pale and doesn't have much taste.
I was wondering if maybe the Nantes are running to seed?
Should I have thinned them more earlier on so they got bigger sooner?
I thought I could just leave carrots in until first frost without any worries (I have been keeping the soil moist)?