Posted: 06/08/2014 at 08:15
I'm in Hester's camp.
Small is not necessarily sweet. Carrots are not the sweetest for me untiltil they are 3" long....not the tiny thinnings that are supposed to be so good. Lettuce too.....mine frow quickly. Beetroot as well. Runner beans are best when 6 or 7" long.....not when smaller and not those huge things that have been missed when picking.
I once grew what I jokingly called " crowbar" carrots. Holes made with a crowbar and filled with fine sieved soil and composf and fish blood and bone. 2 seeds per hole. One seedling removed. Carrots were whoppers and.......delicious. (I must do this again )
However, Hester, I do like "sweet" but sweet and full size.
I'm not convinced by the rapid obsession for raised beds the experts are pushing now. Yes, if soil is heavy clay, etc.., then raised beds are necessary but in most soils raised beds are not needed. Often soil and compost are imported, the beds dry out too quickly, and growth is often forced. Better to improve the garden soil