Posted: 26/12/2013 at 18:11
I have done the steel rod method advocated by John. I called it my "crowbar" carrots. Did it years ago as an experiment. Deep holes were made and a mixture of sieved soil, compost and blood fish and bone were poured into them. Two seeds per station. Then one removed after germination.
I had great fun when harvesting them. If people were about I would go to my crowbar carrots and simply pull one out of the ground (they came easily). They were huge. They were just as tasty. They weren't those long thin roots you see from those competition growers.....they were long, full edible carrots. My remark when pulling was "oh, it's just a small one" as I dangled my giant carrot.
So, Newboy, ??ou could do this too for fun and for food. Your worries about "forking" carrots etc would disappear. But more work though than simply sowing carrot seed. I would miss out on my baby carrot thinnings though too.